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Economic Profile

West Lothian's economy is worth over £4.5 billion per annum. Multinationals, indigenous scale-ups and early-stage start-ups form a vibrant and competitive business base.

The modern West Lothian economy has been built on a diverse range of sectors but is now characterised by life sciences, engineering, construction, food & drink, distribution, aerospace, retail, software development and renewables.

Unemployment is typically below both Scotland and UK levels with the competitive wage around Scotland's average rate. 

We are proud to be the long-term home for companies including Sky Television, Q2, Mitsubishi, Aldi, Glenmorangie and Valneva.  Just some of our largest employers with deep roots in West Lothian.      

Regional Skills Assessment

The Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) provide a coherent evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets and forecasts.

RSAs are developed by SDS using a range of trusted sources to show current and future economic contribution as well as current and future skills demand.

The latest RSA infographic for West Lothian can be found at the link below.

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