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26 Feb 2018

Stirling Employer Survey December 2018

Employer Survey 2017: Creating the right support and employability services for Stirling businesses.

The employment landscape as a whole is changing. As the economy grows, employers are keen to develop their staff’s skills and employ new people. Support services need to adapt to suit employers, potential employees and current staff, so that everyone can be better supported.

In partnership with Stirling’s Employer Engagement Group, we rolled out a survey which will help to shape the support we provide in the following areas: skills, recruitment, health, workplace learning, specialist advice, and funding. 130 businesses owners and operators completed the survey throughout the Forth Valley

Support Services

There are many existing support organisations offering varying services to support businesses, employees and people entering work.

The adjacent table shows what organisations businesses have had experience with and what they thought of that service. 35% of business found the organisation’s service level to be excellent with only 9% finding the service is poor. The majority of businesses – 40%, rated the service levels of these organisations as good so there is room for improvement across these services.

Reasons for businesses engaging with these organisations:

  • 18% Workforce Training / Staff Development
  • 17% Funding
  • 15% Growth Assistance
  • 12% Social Enterprise
  • 12% Workplace Learning
  • 12% Recruitment Support
  • 11% HR
  • 9% Safety, Health & Wellbeing
  • 3% Staff Retention
Stirling Council13341711
Skills Development Scotland1119135
Jobcentre Plus8181012
Forth Valley College1721112
Clackmannanshire Council/Works61142
Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise5721
Healthy Working Lives101120
Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface5311
University of Stirling Careers & Employability Service (CES)81322
Developing Young Workforce10550
Business Gateway352685
Chambers of Commerce10973
NHS Services161371
Scottish Enterpirse172155

Support Required - What kind of support do people need?

Training / Skills Development, Growth Assistance, Marketing Support, Funding, Recruitment, ICT, Web Advice, HR Assistance and Health Promotion, Occupational Health, Health & Safety Advice all score highly and show the support businesses currently require.

When asked “Would you be confident in employing someone with a disability, learning problems or long-term health condition?”

18% of businesses are not confident at all in hiring someone with a disability, compared to 21% who were very confident, with the majority being almost confident or confident.

When it comes to employing someone with a learning disability the majority, 41%, of businesses are not confident at all and only 8% of businesses would be confident in employing someone with a learning disability.

Similar to employing someone with a learning disability 35% of businesses are not confident at all in hiring someone with a long-term health condition, with only 9% of businesses feeling confident.

Recruitment Challenges

Next Steps

Join STEP and the EEG at the 2018  Employers Forum. This event will be centred around tackling workforce challenges together and provide a space for employers to communicate what they need to support them and their people.

Register here

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