The restrictions on movement introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have caused major disruptions to every sector of the economy and have had a significant impact on the labour market.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is committed to maintaining its role of providing robust evidence on the labour market in order to help inform policy direction and investment in response to that economic and labour market impact.

As part of that commitment, SDS has developed the COVID-19 Labour Market Insights, providing succinct and up-to-date evidence on the impact on Scotland’s economy, business and people.

It includes spotlights on specific sectors and regions and also summarises the key challenges alongside the ongoing response from SDS.

Given the pace at which the effects of the pandemic are being felt, the normal sources of published data are not, by themselves, sufficient for assessing the immediate and short-term impacts.

SDS recognises that the normal schedule for publishing labour market information is insufficient on its own to be able to assess the immediate or short-term impacts. For this reason, as well as using published data and gathering insight from lead economic and labour market experts, SDS is also using real-time data to inform this work. The dashboard that accompanies the insights report provides more detail on real-time data.

This evidence will be used by SDS to help inform and shape its service offer in conjunction with Scottish Government and partners including the enterprise and skills agencies, local authorities, employers, industry groups, training providers and trade unions.

The insight will be updated on a monthly basis and future editions will be accompanied by more in-depth regional analysis.

Find out more about the support available from SDS during the Covid-19 pandemic.