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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09379: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the percentage of seafood processing employees in each Scotland region who are from (a) the UK, (b) a European Economic Area (EEA) country and (c) non-EEA countries, and how this compares to the UK as a whole.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 2 June 2017

A survey on employment in the UK seafood processing sector was undertaken in March 2017 by Seafish on behalf of the Scottish Government, the UK Government and the other devolved administrations. Region breakdowns on nationality for Scotland showed:

Region

UK Nationals

EEA Nationals

Non-EEA Nationals

Grampian

30%

70%

0%

Highlands and Islands

60%

40%

0%

Other Scotland

57%

43%

0%

Average figures for across the UK as a whole found show: 57% UK, 42% EEA and 1% non-EEA. Grampian’s employment rate for EEA nationals in seafood processing was much higher than any other region in the UK. The nearest region with high non-UK workers was ‘South, Midlands and Wales’, which had 52% EEA workers and 5% non-EEA workers.

This survey was a snap shot only and did not measure seasonal variability. Any agency staff were also excluded from these figures as their nationality was not known.