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S5W-00367: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many jobs have been lost each month since January 2015 as a result of the reduction in the price of oil, broken down by employer.

Answered by: Keith Brown 14 June 2016

The Scottish Government continues to monitor the impact that low oil prices is having on the oil and gas industry and its wider supply chain. This was discussed at the energy jobs taskforce meeting on the 23 March 2016, with the next meeting taking place on 16 June 2016. The state of the economy report from the chief economist, published on 3 June 2016, provides an update on the oil and gas sector. A link to the report can be found at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Economy/state-economy/latestSofE.

The Scottish Government recognises the severe challenges facing the oil and gas industry, which is why our focus is on what we can do to support the industry and the work force.

We continue to do all that we can within devolved powers to help the sector. In 2015, we set up the Energy Jobs Taskforce, which has already helped to support more than 2,500 individuals and 100 employers through the current downturn, and will continue to support the industry to improve collaboration, co-operation and innovation. We also announced the £12 million transition training fund this year, around 650 individuals have registered for support and the fund has already confirmed funding for nearly 100 individuals to support their redeployment through retraining or further education.