By Daniel Hunter

Scottish independence will 'destabilise enterprise and potentially put jobs at risk', according to a paper produced by the UK government and launched by business secretary Vince Cable in Glasgow earlier this month.

His views are underlined by InterExec's third annual report on the senior executive market, which reveals that one in five senior Scottish executives are 'concerned' about the forthcoming independence vote.

Cable believes the threat to employment will result from the break-up of the UK's single market, and it appears that senior executives in the Scottish market are agreeing.

Research was conducted among 200 of the most exclusive headhunters by InterExec, which assists both executives and headhunters globally in the £150k to £1m+ salary bracket.

"Scotland is renowned for producing top quality goods for the World market and it is through taking full advantage of the UK's trade links that the Scots are able to benefit fully from a healthy economy," Kit Scott-Brown of InterExec, said.

"Independence, on the other hand, will increase barriers to Scottish trade adding costs and taking away a valuable support network. These are all issues to consider for Scottish enterprises and the senior executives that work within them. It is, therefore, hardly surprising that many senior Scottish executives are daunted by the prospect of a 'yes' vote to independence."

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