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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06001: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to mitigate jobs losses in the public sector arising from any increases in automation.

Answered by: Keith Brown 26 January 2017

We are committed to ensuring the public sector workforce is fit-for-purpose and can deliver on our digital transformation ambitions. This includes ensuring the resources we have are invested in front-line services.

Furthermore, digital transformation in itself requires the employment of a range of professions as we design digital services, standardise our processes across the public sector and simplify processes for the user.

We are committed to ensuring the Scottish public sector has access to the digital skills required to succeed in a digital world. Our actions are focused on increasing the talent pool, building early talent and supporting the upskilling of existing staff.