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The number of Scots seeking work in the final three months of last
year was up by 6,000, to reach 135,000 -
the number of people in work was also up.
And new figures show the productivity of Scottish
Our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, reports.
It is a notch above the UK level. Over the whole of last year, there
was a drop in employment here of 27,000 but with economic inactivity
rates rising there was a drop in the number of people in work by 20,000.
There's been a shift towards self-employment even where you may
think workers of earning a rage, there are people running a business.
You just want a job, a pay packet, but the modern jobs
Two soups and two chickens and two beef.
In catering and hospitality at the city of Glasgow College
the ability to run your own business affairs can be as important
There is inspiration on hand from a Masterchef winner.
There is a mixture of students, whether they go into self-employment
or work for big companies, but many students have their own
dream of having their own restaurant and it seems to be a kind of chef
trait, they want to be doing their own thing.
Next door, this hair salon takes those with cutting skills and helps
them build up their cutting edge business intelligence.
It is about how to enter contract and how to run a column and how
to manage your money and how to pay for your stock.
Joanne Pinkerton has taken her hair cutting skills around the world,
but the trade winds have brought her back home
What has changed, it's not just as simple as going into a salon
at the end on a Saturday, you get a brown paper kit
What is happening now, when they have finished
their training, they want to know, what am I allowed to do?
So, Joanne is renting a chair in this new College salon
where the tips aren't just from customers but
A three-year-old boy has died after he was knocked down
The incident happened yesterday in the village of Crossgates.
This farm is about a mile north of the village Crossgates near
It was here yesterday evening that the three-year-old boy
was knocked down by a vehicle on the farm.
The emergency services were called just after five o'clock but
they were not able to save him and he was reported to have died at
This tragic event has affected people here and the local
community council said the family are highly thought of and respected.
The local minister said the news has shocked and stunned people.
It is the parents who have the heartbreak.
I would not like to lose a son or daughter at that age.
What happened at tea-time last night.
It is one of the times that everyone is pulling
together, sending condolences to the family.
Police are now investigating the incident.
The Health and Safety Executive said it is aware of the
incident and is also making enquiries.
A man has been convicted of a murder in North Lanarkshire that happened
James McGowan killed Owen Brannigan at a house in Coatbridge.
He was also convicted of headbutting a man at this
Later that evening, he went on to a house
where he found Owen Brannigan, his former brother-in-law
McGowan admitted what he'd done during phone calls to a mental
health helpline while he was living in Adelaide in Australia.
He was extradited to Scotland last year to face trial.
He had returned to the house with his friend, Thomas Stewart,
They had had a drink in the evening and were
settled down to watch the football, when Owen fell asleep on the couch.
James McGowan came in to the house and he was armed with a knife and he
set about stabbing Owen repeatedly on the couch.
One person has died in a house fire in Lossiemouth.
Scottish Fire and Rescue crews and police arrived at the scene
of the blaze at the property on Elgin Road shortly after four
Police say there don't appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
Why do women still earn less money than men?
That's the question MSPs are asking as an inquiry's launched into how
Despite laws being introduced on equal pay almost 50 years ago,
on average, full-time women workers in Scotland earn 6% less than men.
Our political correspondent, Andrew Kerr, reports.
1970, Glasgow, the year equal pay became law, a lot has changed,
Going on current trends, research suggests the pay gap
And equalising women's productivity could add almost
Campaigners explained why full-time women workers still earn 6% less
It goes far beyond pay discrimination, there
is still a stark segregation in the types of job that men
and women do, with women more likely to be found in low paid undervalued
jobs such as cleaning, care and retail and admin.
Women still do the bulk of underpaid caring,
and coupled with a lack of flexible working, that means women are less
likely to be found in higher paid senior positions.
So, caring responsibilities could have a long-term
scarring effect on pay, pension and promotion prospects.
How does this affect an impact the Scottish economy, could more be
We want to look at this with an open mind and see what we come up with.
If closing the pay gap can help the economy, it stands to reason
I've seen the positive intent and positive things that
can help the economy, having women on board,
For some the way ahead is complex but for others straightforward.
We work just as hard, most of the time even better.
If you take breaks to have kids, you should not be penalised.
It is not a straightforward question.
It is a nightmare to work that one out because it has not
been sorted out for, when was the gender equality act?
Employers politicians and society as a whole now have to see how
to make more progress after 50 years of trying.
The accountancy firm EY is set to shed 35 jobs
at its Inverness office - over half its workforce
The company, also known as Ernst and Young, says it's proposing
to move its audit and account, compliance and reporting services
Scotland will have to play the remainder of this season's
Six Nations rugby championship without their captain
Greg Laidlaw will play no further part in the competition
Our sports reporter, David Currie, has the details.
There's far more to a captain's role than organisation
Talking with royalty and other VIPs before matches will now be another
man's responsibility for the rest of the Six Nations.
from just before the World Cup, really, and he will be missed.
His goal-kicking will be a loss and his leadership in particular,
He is so important so it will be felt.
His leadership powers and his kicking prowess under
pressure helped Scotland beat Ireland at Murrayfield.
They recorded their first opening-day victory since 2006.
His influence over this year's tournament ended during the defeat
One former Scotland player says the scrum-half is not irreplaceable
You could argue Ali Price is quicker and he is more eager
and he has a better pass and he plays the system every week
with Glasgow so I would not panic about Greg Laidlaw
Who should take the captain's armband?
A number of captains, Josh is the captain with Glasgow,
but I would go with Jonny Gray, he is the co-captain at Glasgow
and he knows what goes with being a captain and it
It won't faze him and I would go with him, Jonny Gray.
The decision is for the head coach Vern Cotter.
The next Scotland match is a week on Saturday.
Football and Aberdeen strengthened their position in second place
in the Scottish Premiership by beating Motherwell seven-two
The win, which saw striker Adam Roooney score a hat-trick,
means Aberdeen have now played the same number of games as third
placed Rangers but now sit three points ahead of the Glasgow side
and with a vastly superior goal difference.
Champions Celtic sit twenty-four points clear of Aberdeen
Let's get the weather forecast and it's over to Christopher.
Good evening. We should be sitting around eight Celsius but we're doing
better than that. Early next week it may even be towards the mid-teens.
Mild tonight but breezy and quite damp. The culprit is the low
pressure tracking eastwards. A fairly windy day tomorrow and quite
damp. Across the South tomorrow morning reasonably dry. The heaviest
of the rain up towards the north-west. But some outbreaks in
parts of the belt. In towards the north-west and up towards the
Northern Isles it will be quite breezy and wet. During the course of
the morning the rain will ease off, certainly from around lunchtime and
the wind will ease. But it will still be breezy and from the West.
Brighter conditions most likely in the east. The further south you are
away from the North where the low pressure is, the better it will be.
A warm front brings rain towards Northern Ireland and that will
affect us later. Towards the rest of the afternoon and evening, largely
dried -- dry but outbreaks of rain in the south-west and later over the
Highlands. A quite chilly night and a touch of Frost and fog. On Friday,
with high pressure, dry with brightness but still the warm front
will produce spots of rain in the north-west. Brightest in the east.
To the weekend, the mostly mild theme continues. Showers on Saturday
with bright spells. Largely dry on Sunday but a further spell of wet
weather later on. Our next update is during Breakfast
at 6.25 tomorrow morning. But, from everyone on the late team
here in Glasgow and around