The number of jobs in Scotland either created or safeguarded through foreign direct investment (FDI) has risen in the past year, according to new analysis.
Figures published by Scottish Development International (SDI) show a total of 10,074 planned jobs were generated by FDI projects in the country in 2018-2019.
It represents a rise of 18% on the previous financial year, with 9,489 of those jobs paying the real living wage of £9.30 an hour to staff.
Analysis by SDI found there were 108 inward investment projects in Scotland for the year, with 47 new investors choosing to locate in Scotland.
The three most predominant sectors for inward investment were found to be in the financial and business services, energy oil and gas, and technology and advanced engineering.
Charlie Smith, SDI managing director, said Scotland remains one of the “most attractive” locations for inward investment.
“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,” he said.
“Not only does FDI bring quality jobs to our communities, it opens Scotland up to a new generation of talent and global innovators who want to work in partnership with us to deliver future economic opportunities.
“This enhances our skills pipeline, develops our workforce and ultimately enhances our country’s productivity.
“Thanks to our skills, talent and knowledge, Scotland remains one of the most attractive locations for inward investment.”