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Fresh intelligence on how Scotland’s labour market is emerging from the pandemic is now available with the launch of the latest Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) and Sectoral Skills Assessments (SSAs).

Designed to be consistent with the ongoing COVID-19 Labour Market Insights publication, Skills Assessments offer a hybrid approach of accessible infographics coupled with in-depth reports.

RSAs are developed and published by SDS in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group and South of Scotland Enterprise, providing the most detailed picture yet of the effect of the pandemic on regional labour markets.

Descriptive analysis

Katie Killen, National Skills Planning Lead at SDS, said: “We continually listen to feedback from users of products such as RSAs and SSAs to ensure they evolve with changing needs.

“For these latest editions we’ve increased the amount of descriptive analysis provided around the data to offer users a greater understanding of what the data is telling us.

“We’ve also offered more content focused on the pandemic, enhancing the regional evidence available on  the labour market impact with a view to recovery.”

RSAs are now available covering all Regional Outcome Agreement areas, Rural Scotland and all City and Growth Deal Regions whilst SSAs cover all of Scotland’s key and growth sectors focusing on the economy, employment, vacancies, job openings and current and future demand.

Each of the SSAs feature insight from SDS’s team of key sector managers, whilst the RSAs also feature a chapter on equalities for the first time, developed in response to feedback from customers.

Evidence base

Katie added: “The past 18 months have underlined the importance of having a robust, detailed and up-to-date evidence base in order to inform our response to economic challenges and how our resources can be best directed to boost the recovery.

“SDS remains committed to providing this evidence base and working with our broad range of partners and stakeholders to ensure it meets their needs.”

Find out more

Read the latest Regional Skills Assessments and Sectoral Skills Assessments.

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