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A more detailed picture of how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting Scotland’s labour market is now available with the publication of the latest Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs).

Developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group and South of Scotland Enterprise, RSAs provide a robust evidence base of skills supply and demand across Scotland in order to guide and inform future investment to aid economic recovery.

Covering all Regional Outcome Agreement areas and all City and Growth Deal Regions, the RSAs offer the most detailed picture yet of the effect the pandemic is having on local labour markets across the country.

Updated monthly

For the first time, SDS is committing to keeping all RSAs updated on a monthly basis with the latest data so that users are reassured they are accessing the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

Liz Byrne, National Skills Planning Lead in the Skills Alignment Directorate at SDS, said: “As partners and stakeholders deliver their response to economic impacts of the pandemic, there’s a clear and ongoing need for robust, accurate and detailed evidence on the effects of the labour market at local levels.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, SDS has been providing its monthly Covid-19 Labour Market Insights offering a wealth of economic indicators to track the effects of the pandemic.

“By maintaining data in the RSAs on a month-to-month basis, we’re now able to provide that same level of insight at a more local level, which will further help inform the policy response.”

For consistency, RSAs are being presented in an infographic format to mirror the accessible style of the national COVID-19 Labour Market Insights.

New indicators

They also feature new data aimed at illustrating the impact of the pandemic including furlough data, job vacancies, PACE redundancy support.

Liz added: “In the six years since RSAs were first launched they have continually evolved to reflect changes in the policy landscape, and the changes this year carry on that trend.

“The reaction to the Covid-19 Labour Market Insights has been positive and so by adopting the same style we are confident that users will still be able to find the same depth of detail but in a format that’s easier to navigate.

“That national monthly insight will still be available, but by also updating RSAs every month we can offer greater confidence to users that they have access to the best information available nationally and regionally.”

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