Covid Scotland: Employment rate rises slightly as labor market ‘broadly stable’

Scotland’s employment rate rose slightly in the last quarter, according to the latest figures – indicating a “broadly stable” labor market after last spring’s “major shock”.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the employment rate from December 2020 to February 2021 for people aged 16 to 64 was 74.6%, up 0.2% from the quarter previous.

At the same time, the unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over remained at 4.4%, unchanged from the previous quarter.

There were 2.567 million people aged 16 to 64 in employment between December and February, while 120,000 in that age group were unemployed.

Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said: “The latest figures suggest the labor market has been broadly stable in recent months following the major shock last spring.”

Elsewhere, new experimental analysis from the ONS shows that the number of people working from home has increased significantly, from 27% in 2019 to 36% in 2020.

London saw the biggest increase in working from home, rising from 31% in 2019 to 43% in 2020, while Northern Ireland was the UK region with the lowest level of working from home, at 26%.

People working in hospitality were the most likely to never work from home, at 88%.

Meanwhile, IT workers were the least likely to never work from home in 2020 (38%)