Both Scotland’s employment and unemployment rate rose slightly between March and May 2018, according to new figures published today.
Andrew McRae, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scotland policy chair, said: “A boost in Scottish employment is welcome news, despite the increase in those registered unemployed. Ensuring both of these numbers move in the right direction, while boosting local growth, must be a national priority
“Smaller Scottish firms are now more confident about trading conditions than they have been for some time. Policymakers need to build on this optimism by tackling issues like the scourge of late payment and ensuring smaller firms get a fair share of public contracts. While everyone wants clarity about our future relationship with Europe, there’s action that could be taken at home to boost growth.”