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Jobs plan should recognise self-employed, says FSB PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
The Scottish Government has today (26 August) published a new labour market strategy. The document sets out the government’s ambitions for higher employment levels and better quality jobs. 

Responding to the report, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has highlighted that small and medium sized firms employ more than 1 million people in Scotland and that more than 250,000 Scots are now self-employed.

Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “This publication recognises how important skilled and productive employees are to the success of Scottish businesses.

“However, the strategy doesn’t pay due attention to perhaps the biggest change in the jobs market since 2008 – the quarter of a million Scots now self-employed. More needs to be done to ensure that those who work for themselves are given the right support.”

The document also warns of the impact leaving the European Union will have on Scottish employers who employ non-UK EU nationals.

Andy added: “At this stage, no one really knows what our jobs market will look like in a few years’ time. The Scottish Government may need to revisit this jobs plan sooner than it thinks.”

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