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Female Employment Still an Issue Despite Growing Rates

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Despite an increase in the number of Scottish workers finding employment, some experts have expressed concern in regards to the number of males accounting for the growth.

According to the latest employment figures from the Office of National Statistics, 21,000 more Scots were in work, compared with the previous quarter, bringing the total to 2,631,000. The figures also meant that Scotland had the highest employment rate out of the four UK nations.

The rates seen in Scotland showed that the highest number of people in employment since the recession with the employment rate being at its highest since 2007, at 74.9%. During said time, unemployment fell by 11,000.

Scotland's Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "I am very pleased to note this month's figures, which reinforce the positive longer-term trends in Scotland's labour market, notwithstanding recent and ongoing volatility with Labour Market Statistics."

The minister added: "Employment has continued to rise and unemployment to fall - with more Scots in work than ever before. Youth employment figures continue to be strong, outperforming the UK statistics.

"However, we are not complacent and we recognise that a number of significant challenges remain beneath these encouraging headline figures."

Concern Over Aspects of Employment Figures

Despite the positives in the tackling of unemployment and an expected boost to the Scottish economy, some have expressed concern over the lack of females finding work.

Scottish Trades Union Congress general secretary Grahame Smith said: "There is no doubt that today's figures are very positive with a significant increase in employment and a similar fall in unemployment.

"It is noteworthy that the employment rate has now achieved its pre-recession peak.

"However, once again, men account for all the growth in jobs and most of the fall in unemployment.

"Given that there's no plausible explanation for the rapidly deteriorating relative position of women in the Scottish labour market, the STUC is concerned at the quality of the gender-disaggregated statistics and would encourage ONS to reassess its processes in this respect."

As well as concern over the fact that many females struggle to obtain work, the news regarding the state of employment in Scotland came just before a report from the Holyrood's Equal Opportunities Committee, which showed that many ethnic minorities still struggled to find work in Scotland.

According to the report, some ethnic minorities still faced significant hurdles when attempting to find work in Scotland. The committee's report said: "We heard of the significant barriers facing people from ethnic minorities in gaining employment and developing a career.

"The evidence indicated a situation that is not acceptable and we were extremely concerned to hear of how discrimination and lack of access to opportunities are holding back many talented and committed individuals.

"To tackle discrimination and promote diversity in Scotland the Scottish Government must recognise the recommendations in our report. It should, therefore, give greater priority to the issue and target appropriately a range of resources."

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