There has been a 13.5 per cent reduction in staff in Scotland’s colleges since the SNP took power in 2007, according to new analysis from Scottish Labour .
Labour's analysis also reveals that there has been a 12.7 per cent reduction in the level of FTE teaching staff over the same period – a cut of 799.
Background: Teaching jobs sacrificed to make ends meet
Iain Gray MSP, Scottish Labour’s education spokesperson, said: “Colleges are key to jobs and growth, not to mention their important role in widening access to opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
“Since the SNP took power, and their subsequent botched regionalisation of the sector, further education in Scotland has suffered. Colleges have faced under investment, students have seen their numbers plummet by 120,000 and staff numbers have also declined.
“What’s more, staff and students are working in buildings in need of repairs totalling hundreds of millions of pounds. Hardworking lecturers are now also engaged in industrial action over a cost-of-living pay rise to which they are entitled. For too long further education has been seen by the SNP as the poor relation. That must end.”
A Scottish government spokesperson said: “Since college regionalisation in 2013, college lecturer headcount figures have increased by 400, and FTEs have increased by 100. We continue to support the college sector through significant capital and revenue investment. Since 2007, we have invested more than £6 billion into Scotland’s colleges.”