The rise in the Scottish hospitality industry has been praised for Scottish unemployment being at an all-time low. Official new figures show Scottish unemployment has fallen by more than a fifth in the past year, with the jobless total now down to a record low of 94,000. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of Scots out of work between November and January was down by 21.5% year-on-year.
The unemployment rate in Scotland now stands at 3.5% – lower than the overall rate for the UK of 3.9%.
Glasgow has been cited as a key city in the development of Scotland’s tourism sector, having been named the friendliest city in the world, and top ten to visit in 2018, by Time Out Magazine. Glasgow was also the first place in the UK to become a designated UNESCO City of Music from festivals such as Celtic Connections, to legendary venues like Barrowlands, King Tut’s and multi-capacity arenas such as the Hydro. Glasgow’s music scene helps to bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to the city each year, generating millions of pounds for the economy. This in turn has helped support thousands of jobs for the industry.
Another Scottish city to receive praise in the press is Dundee, with The Wall Street Journal ranking Dundee at number 5 on its ‘Worldwide Hot Destinations’ list for 2018 and GQ magazine naming it the ‘Coolest Little City in Britain’ in 2015.
Tourism and hospitality are one of Scotland’s key growth sectors, employing over 200,000 people, and that number is set to continuingly rise as Scotland braces itself for another bumper season.
The Highlands and islands are also expected to see a raise in visitors and therefore Jobcentre Plus staff in Inverness are targeting the north’s hospitality industry with a range of support for those who are currently out of work, offering skill training and work experience to get people into the ever-growing sector.
Department for Work and Pensions work coach team leader Izabela Fabia told the Scottish Press yesterday the list of hospitality sector vacancies was growing.
“We have been working with various employers to offer our claimants short courses to learn skills to work in the industry. Just recently, we have had a course start with Diageo for hospitality and bartending, and we are excited to see what opportunities this brings for our claimants. Now are working with employers to build our work coaches knowledge on the industry. A number of new hotel developments planned over the next year will bring plenty of job opportunities