Boost Scottish productivity

Building environments that foster productivity

Scottish productivity performance has fallen short of its international competitors for decades. Despite the Scottish government’s long-held ambitions to see Scotland among the top 25% most productive countries in the EU, it remains 20% off the target.

The change we're calling for

Successfully addressing productivity goes hand in hand with higher wages and better living standards across Scotland. Businesses have a crucial role to play in finding solutions, but government must help create the right environment to drive change. We're calling for policy support across the areas that most impact productivity.

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    Deliver greater support for businesses to upskill and retrain staff in face of changing world of work.

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    Incentivise private sector investment in digital infrastructure to ensure businesses can maximise opportunities from technology.

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    Simplify the available exporting support and deliver the promised trade mentoring programme.

Industry impact

The business role

Firms have a big role to play in strengthening Scottish productivity. By playing their part, and closing the productivity gap across key areas, they could also see real return on their investment. There is much more that could be done...

  • The proportion of firms that say they are keen to do more to support schools and colleges to deliver better careers advice.

  • The proportion of firms that rank digital networks as a key factor in investment decisions.

  • The proportion of Scottish firms that have the characteristics of competitors that are exporting but are not currently exporting themselves.

Measuring Scotland's productivity

Boosting Scotland's productivity is the key route to achieving more sustainable growth. The Scottish Productivity Index determines the impact and effectiveness of productivity enhancing measures.
Find out what the index is showing.

  • The CBI / KPMG Scottish Productivity Index

Our progress and impact

The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all.  Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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Support the change

  • Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we’re the most influential business organisation in the UK. Join the voice of business, and help us campaign to boost Scottish productivity.

  • Have your say

    Businesses have a crucial role to play in finding solutions, but government must help create the right environment to drive change in Scotland. Share your views on what has to be done.

  • Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI's Regional Growth team.

    Contact Jim Hubbard, Head of Regional Policy, to find out what business urgently needs to boost productivity in Scotland and how you can support it.