Census of employment 1984: an assessment

Stephen Boyle, Iain Jenkins, Brian Ashcroft (Editor), Jim Walker (Editor)

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The Census of Employment is generally regarded as the most reliable source of
information on employment trends in the UK. Since 1978 it has been conducted at three-yearly intervals and the first results of the 1984 Census have recently
been published. This paper describes the major developments in Scottish
employment since 1981 and compares Scotland's performance with the rest of
Great Britain. The outcome is depressing if not unexpected: Scotland has lost jobs in all sectors and generally at a faster rate than the rest of Britain. Following
the discussion of the main results, the respective roles of services and electronics as potential sources of future employment growth are considered and it is concluded that neither offers the prospect of satisfactorily reversing the trends of recent years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1987


  • Scottish industry
  • Scottish employment patterns
  • job growth
  • job losses
  • unemployment
  • Scottish economy


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