Dundee has the highest rate of Underemployment in Scotland

Kevin Keenan and Lesley Brennan

7 February 2013

Dundee heads the table of “underemployment “ in Scotland, that is people who would like more hours of work to make ends meet.

A new study of underemployment issued by the Scottish Government show that of all mainland council areas in Scotland , Dundee has the highest rate for underemployment of 13.6 per cent.

Dundee shares top place with Shetland for the highest rate in Scotland

By comparison, underemployment in Aberdeen is 5.1 per cent , and the Scottish average is 9.9. per cent.

Commenting on the figures, Kevin Keenan, Labour group leader on Dundee City Council  said ,

“ Dundee has an unemployment rate of over 10 per cent, but that’s just half  the story .

“The level of underemployment in the city gives some indication of those who are earning lower pay, working fewer hours and taking whatever jobs are available.

“Dundee needs much more investment in good quality and high-skilled full-time jobs for the underemployed as well as the unemployed for the city’s economic recovery. “

Overall, hourly wage rates of those who are underemployed are lower than those who are not.

In the 25-34 age group the deficit is around £3 , and in the 34-49 age group it is over £4.50 .

Councillor Lesley Brennan said, “Dundee is living through the longest recession in Britain’s economy since the 1930s, yet the UK government remains committed to policies that will prolong it.

“Cuts in public spending have depressed the local economy, cut jobs and reduced working hours.  

“The solution to underemployment is through government intervention to increase demand in the local economy.”


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