December 31, 2019

New figures from the Annual Population Survey show that 336,000 young people aged 16-24 years were in employment in Scotland in October 2018 to September 2019.

The employment rate for young people was 59% higher than a year ago (57.9%).

In the same period, 34,000 young people aged 16-24 years were unemployed. The unemployment rate for young people...

October 7, 2019

New staff members have been recruited at Ferguson Marine shipyard, as the SNP Government progresses with work at the site.

On Monday, 07 October, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay MSP met with some of the 17 new recruits who have already started and announced that an additional 10 vacancies are currently being advertised.

In addition, 14 apprentices...

April 26, 2019

On Wednesday Kenneth ask the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, what impact Brexit is anticipated to have on the supply of skilled labour, whether EU workers will be disproportionately affected, which sectors are most likely to be adversely affected, and what the resulting effect will be on economic growth. 

Mr De...

April 18, 2019

Continued opportunities for EU citizens to live and work in Scotland are essential to rural, island and coastal Scotland’s continued success and sustainability, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has reiterated.

Approximately 5.2% of Scotland’s total workforce is made up of EU migrants, with the rural economy particularly reliant on people...

April 17, 2019

Scotland's unemployment rate fell to a new record low in the three months to February, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The jobless total fell by 8,000 from the previous quarter to 93,000, to stand at 3.3% - well below the UK figure of 3.9%.

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“This is excellent news for Scotland. Figures also show that e...

April 9, 2019

More than one in four workers have no idea that their automatic work pension contributions were increased as of 06 April.

A survey for insurance firm Aviva found that 27% knew nothing of the change that has increased contributions from the auto-enrolled from 5% to 8% of pensionable salary. Another 29% said they had heard a change was imminent but...

April 1, 2019

At General Questions on Thursday, Kenneth asked Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse MSP about safety at Hunterston B power station.

In his response, the Minister confirmed that public safety is the Scottish Government’s absolute priority. He also took the opportunity to highlight that the Office of Nuclear Regulation...

March 29, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth participated in a Scottish Government debate on “A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People”, its delivery plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The delivery plan sets out 93 actions to be progressed by 2021 in order to realise our long-term ambitions for guaranteeing the greate...

March 21, 2019

The Scottish economy has grown for the 8th consecutive quarter according to official figures.

The latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures show the Scottish economy grew by 1.3% over the last year and 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018, higher than the UK rate of 0.2%.

Forecasts by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) say that, amongst the 12 nations a...

February 25, 2019


The costs of preparing for Brexit we didn’t vote for, currently stands at £4,200 million, of which Scotland’s share by population is over £344.4 million. This would be enough to train 7,663 people, the combined equivalent of 3,466 teachers, 2,392 nurses and 1,805 police officers.

The SNP recently called on the UK Treasury to foot the bill for...

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