I have been a journalist for 20 years and a business specialist specialist since 1999 when I was Tokyo Correspondent for Sunday AM. I am interested in all areas of the business beat, particularly in diverse fields with the most potential to grow Scottish GDP, such as export-promotion, housebuilding, superfast broadband and the data processing sector.
Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Herald to mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the successor to the Common Market, Barnier said the single or internal market, which guarantees the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people, accounts for 45% of all exports from Scotland, with a value of £9.8 billion in 2010.
A survey by international policy and performance group 4-consulting reveals that median gross hourly pay for public-sector workers in Scotland was £13.72 in 2011-12, compared to £9.65 in the private sector – a difference of 42%.
The study also finds the gap widening as public-sector pay continues to rise at a faster rate than its private-sector equivalent.