AARON STEWART/THE TIMES Scottish chemical industry workers are struggling to find work after a surge in the number of chemicals that can be made in the UK.
The latest figures from the National Chemical Survey (NCS) show that the number rose by almost 6,000 last year.
More than 20% of the chemicals that are made in Scotland are produced abroad and are used by domestic companies to make products such as perfumes and cosmetic products.
But many of those chemicals are now being made in factories in the rest of the UK and the Northern Ireland area, with the majority being produced in Scotland.
Some of those factories are still using chemicals produced overseas and are using the same processes that are used to make the products produced in the north.
However, the government says that the majority of the factories are now in Scotland, as part of the Government’s plans to modernise the UK’s chemical industry.
There are currently around 8,700 chemical manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom.
As well as producing chemicals, they also make other products, including food and detergent, cosmetics and personal care products.
In the United States, there are about 4,000 chemical manufacturing companies that manufacture chemicals and use the same machinery to make them.
This has caused problems for workers who are often in a labour shortage, with many people struggling to access work.
On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to make sure that workers in the North and Midlands have the right skills to meet the challenges that the industry is facing.
“We are putting our stamp on our industry,” he said.
He said that he was committed to ensuring that the North East and the Midlands are working together to address the issue of supply chains and the lack of the right industrial skills in those areas.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, John Robertson, the secretary general of the Scottish Chemicals Association (SCA), said that there was a need for more staff to help with the new manufacturing processes and for companies to get the right support.
“The North East has more chemists than any other region in the country and we’ve had a shortage for years, but we’ve been working on it and we’re working on a way forward,” he told the BBC.
For many of the workers who have been struggling to make their living in Scotland’s chemical manufacturing industry, this has meant a long journey to find new jobs.
Mr Robertson said that his union was working closely with the industry, and with the Scottish Government, to find more opportunities for the industry.
“We’ve got people coming through the industry and they need to find the right jobs, but there is a lot of work to do,” he added.
“It’s just the nature of the beast and there are people looking for work.”
There are lots of jobs that are available and there is no reason to think that we are going to get a massive increase in our workforce.