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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11238: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what research it has commissioned on automation and its impact on Scotland's labour market and economy.

Answered by: Keith Brown 21 September 2017

The Scottish Government is currently considering external research around automation and its impact on Scotland’s labour market and economy. However, we continue to monitor the emerging evidence base.

Technological change, and issues such as automation, will have a significant impact over the next few decades, creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses and employees across Scotland. As highlighted in Scotland’s Labour Market Strategy, we will take forward analysis of issues like this in the future in order to help employers and employees respond to them positively, with the support of the Strategic Labour Market Group.