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S5W-01456: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in North East Scotland have been made redundant in the oil and gas sector in each of the last six months.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 12 August 2016

The Scottish Government continues to monitor the impact that low oil prices are having on the oil and gas industry and its wider supply chain, and the impact on the North East of Scotland in particular. Official redundancy figures are produced by the Office for National Statistics via the Labour Force Survey, however this source is based on a sample survey and it is not possible to reliably produce estimates for smaller geographic areas within Scotland or industry sectors. Furthermore, information on exact number of redundancies made by individual firms is commercially sensitive.

Given the nature of the oil and gas industry, a significant proportion of offshore employment is from outwith the North East of Scotland, and is also composed of a significant number of contractors whose employment status is challenging to identify.

Information is held on the number of notified potential redundancies and the Scottish Government monitors this data by industry, including the oil and gas sector. The latest State of the Economy report from the Chief Economist, published on 3 June 2016, provided an update on the oil and gas sector, including the number of advanced notifications of potential redundancies. A link to the report, detailing this information, can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Economy/state-economy/latestSofE.