In order to innovate and grow, businesses need to have access to a labour market with the necessary technical skills to help them to grow. It is important for there to be a supply of these professionals in the economy, through education and training, and it is important to ensure that these skills are utilised effectively. This will enable Scottish businesses to become more innovative and competitive and provide better quality and better paid jobs.
The indicator measures the number of science, research, engineering & technology professionals/associate professionals in Scotland. Criteria for dashboard recent performance colour: If change is within +/- 3 per cent this suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 3 per cent or more suggests that the position is improving, whereas a decrease of 3 per cent or more suggests that the position is worsening.
This indicator is sourced from the Annual Population Survey: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Labour-Market/Publications