What employs almost 60,000 people and contributes over £1.7 billion to the Scottish economy every year? Answer: the beer and pub industry.
‘Our sector supports almost 60,000 vital jobs in Scotland, and it is particularly important that we can go on boosting employment, which is why further supportive measures for our industry are needed,’ BBPA chief exec, Brigid Simmonds, said.
‘This is especially crucial for young people, with 38% of the industry workforce made up of under-25s. Brewing and pubs are providing a part-time opportunity for some, a rewarding lifelong career for many, and experience and skills for all.’
The stats also outlined a continued high level of investment by the industry in Scotland, with £148 million provided in capital investment. It also revealed the industry gets hit with almost £1 billion in taxes each year.
‘Our analysis confirms that the beer and pub sector continues to be an important source of employment and output at a national and local level,' Adrian Cooper, chief executive of the brains behind the numbers, Oxford Economics, added. 'Its activity generates a significant amount of tax contributions, investment and opportunities for young people to enter the labour market.’
The report’s statistics – revealed to a group of MSPs last night in Kilderkin Pub on the Royal Mile – are broken down by Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions, allowing a detailed view of local impacts, as well as national.