Commenting on the publication of official figures showing that Scottish unemployment has fallen by 3,000 to 195,000 in the three months to December, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“It is of course good news that Scottish unemployment is continuing to fall. More and more indicators are pointing towards the economic recovery continuing in 2014 and many businesses are actively recruiting new staff or working to increase productivity levels of existing workers.
“As the recovery takes hold and employment levels increase, it is vital that Scotland has the right skills mix to meet the demands of business and to maximise the employment prospects of those people looking to enter or re-enter the labour market. It is time for government to focus its attention on getting the skills strategy right and ensuring that our schools, colleges and universities are delivering the skills that business needs to take Scotland’s economy forward and fulfilling the potential of our people.”