Electronics employment in Scotland

MacInnes, John and Sproull, Alan (1987) Electronics employment in Scotland. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 12 (3). pp. 77-82. ISSN 0306-7866

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They do not, however, prevent us developing a general picture of trends in electronics employment in Scotland which is relevant both to the formulation of economic and industrial policy and to the wider public debate about economic change and its impact on society. Electronics has been seen as very important in Scotland because i t has been identified as a new, high technology industry which has the prospect to replace the wealth creation, skill generation and employment lost as a result of the decline of older staple industries like coal mining, steel manufacture, shipbuilding and heavy engineering. It is therefore interesting to compare aspects of employment in electronics with manufacturing as a whole in Scotland, to examine just what the absolute contribution of electronics has been, and how i t compares with other industries.