New Study Sheds Light on Gaelic Language Jobs
13 June 2018
A clearer picture of the Gaelic language
labour market has emerged thanks to a new study published by Skills
Development Scotland (SDS).
Developed in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Highlands and
Islands Enterprise, the study found that the key sectors of the
economy where Gaelic can bring the most economic value are public
administration, education, creative industries and tourism.
The study was welcomed by Deputy First Minister, John
He said: "I am proud to have responsibility for Gaelic and the
commitment that the Scottish Government has shown in supporting the
language is clearly providing opportunities for those who have or
are interested in learning Gaelic.
"The growth in Gaelic language, desirable and essential jobs,
will provide our young people with a wealth of exciting career
choices and I hope that this report will encourage more people to
consider learning Gaelic."
Detailed evidence base
As well as looking at the demand for Gaelic language skills, the
report considers the supply of Gaelic language skills from nursery
through to Further and Higher Education, analyses the opportunities
and challenges, and proposes future actions.
Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of SDS, said: "Developing a
detailed evidence base of current and future skills demand is
essential for all parts of our economy, and the Gaelic language
labour market is no exception.
"Last year SDS published the second edition of its Gaelic
Language Plan, and this study was one of the key commitments
contained in that plan.
"The evidence will help inform future investment aimed at
promoting the Gaelic language and culture."
Eilean Siar, Glasgow and Highland are the three areas with the
highest number of jobs in which Gaelic is considered essential,
together accounting for 93 per cent of the Scottish total.
Nearly three-quarters of such full-time posts are held by women,
reflecting the concentration of jobs in Education, Early Learning
and Childcare, and 62 per cent of posts are in professional
Demand from employers
Shona MacLennan, Chief Executive of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said:
"Bòrd na Gàidhlig is clear that growing the number of
Gaelic-essential jobs and jobs which use Gaelic is important in
ensuring that Gaelic is used more often, by more people and in a
wider range of situations.
"The key challenge is to ensure that the flow of people with
high quality Gaelic language skills entering the labour market is
matched to the demand from employers across the public, private and
third sectors, and from across Scotland."
Future actions proposed in the report include forming a national
group with responsibility for Gaelic language skills featuring a
range of partners, increased monitoring and evaluation of the
activities in place to support the language, and the maintenance
and development of the evidence base for the Gaelic language labour
Charlotte Wright, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands
Enterprise (HIE), said: "Gaelic is fundamental to HIE's unique
remit which integrates economic and community development
throughout the Highlands and Islands.
"Our support has helped create and sustain the impact of
numerous organisations which enable Gaelic to flourish, and we look
forward to continuing to work with businesses, social enterprises
and community organisations that can add value through using Gaelic
to help realise its full potential."
Source - Skills Development Scotland