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S5W-08807: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what projection Skills Development Scotland has made of labour market needs in (a) 2022, (b) 2027 and (c) 2037, broken down by sector.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 3 May 2017

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) base projections of future labour market needs through a range of routes including direct engagement with employers, engagement with industry bodies and Industry Leadership Groups, and joint work with other partner agencies including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.

SDS is responsible for contributing to the Skills Planning model and we work closely with employers, industry, trade unions and others, to develop Skills Investment Plans (SIPs), Regional Skills Investment Plans (RSIPs), and Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs). 

In 2016 SDS commissioned Oxford Economics to prepare a range of economic and labour forecasts up until 2024. The forecasts provide detailed information to support the decisions making sound investment in skills.

These forecasts can be found on the SDS website at[]=5-8&order=date-desc