Scotland Election 2016

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on jobs and the economy

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues? Here we look at jobs and the economy.


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Media captionScottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon makes pledges on jobs and the economy
  • increasing the number of apprenticeships from 25,000 to 30,000 per year by 2020
  • professional baccalaureate, enabling young people to leave school with a broader range of skills for the workplace
  • introduce a Jobs Grant of £100 (£250 if you have children) for young people aged 16-24 who have been out of work for six months and are starting a job for more than 16 hours a week
  • reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021

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Media captionScottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale makes pledges on jobs and the economy
  • only award contracts or give grants to organisations agreeing to pay at least the living wage
  • establish a living wage commission to support government and agencies to promote the living wage
  • establish a new "Skills Scotland" to help Scots move "into" work and then "up in" work
  • support the creation of Scottish Strategic Sector Forums

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Media captionScottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson makes pledges on jobs and the economy
  • to increase the number of apprenticeships to 10,000
  • to create a network of 10 new Skills Academies
  • reverse the cuts to Further Education colleges

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Media captionScottish Liberal Democrat Party leader Willie Rennie makes pledges on jobs and the economy
  • enable businesses to get the skills they need through penny for education policies
  • invest in the modern infrastructure for businesses

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Media captionScottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie makes pledges on jobs and the economy
  • 204,000 jobs in clean, green industries
  • introduce the Intermittent Work Scheme giving monthly compensation payments to professional artists comparable to unemployment compensation
  • increase the Minimum Wage to the Living Wage with a target of £10 an hour for everyone by 2020
  • link directors' pay to a multiple of their lowest paid employees

  • make the Scottish economy more competitive
  • lower business rates and cut red tape
  • repeal EU regulation and directives that stifle business growth
  • make it easier for SMEs to tender for public sector contracts