MORE than 30 per cent of the 10,074 jobs to be created or safeguarded through planned inward investment in Scotland unveiled in the year to last March are “high-value” roles, the latest figures show.

Scottish Enterprise said yesterday that 3,161 of the 10,074 posts were “high-value jobs”, paying salaries around 20% higher than the Scottish average or more.

The jobs figures from the taxpayer-backed agency’s Scottish Development International arm include investment in Scotland from other parts of the UK as well as from overseas.

The 10,074 jobs total for the year to March 31, 2019 was up by 18% on the corresponding figure for the prior 12 months. A huge investment in Glasgow announced by banking giant Barclays drove the rise.

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Of the total for the year to March 2019, 6,685 are planned new jobs and 3,389 are posts that will be safeguarded through proposed projects. The figures cover 108 projects, including plans by 47 new investors choosing to locate in Scotland.

Scottish Enterprise said 9,489 of the total inward investment jobs figure related to posts paying at least the real living wage of £17,061 per annum. The Barclays project accounts for 4,342 of the jobs, including 2,500 new posts. Among other major projects is an investment by US nanosatellite specialist Spire Global in its Glasgow site, which will create 261 jobs over the next five years.

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The inward investment figures were published as Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay visited Barclays’ new campus, under construction at Tradeston in Glasgow. The three main sectors for inward investment in the year to March 2019 were financial and business services, technology and advanced engineering, and energy, oil and gas.

SDI managing director Charlie Smith said: “Despite growing competition from other countries and the uncertain geopolitical climate we find ourselves in, Scotland continues to punch above its weight when it comes to attracting FDI (foreign direct investment).”