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Summary: Business, Enterprise and Tourism

Summary: Business, Enterprise and Tourism

Age
  • In 2014, more than 1 in 3 of small to medium-sized enterprise employers in Scotland fell in the 45 to 54 age category (34%). The two next largest categories were the 55 to 64 (22%) and 35 to 44 (19%) age categories.  The proportion in the under 35 and 65 and over age groups were smaller at 11% each.
  • Between 2012 and 2014 the proportion of small to medium-sized enterprise employers in the 55 to 64 age group decreased markedly, and there were also small decreases in the under 35 and 35 to 44 cohorts.  Increases were seen however in the 45 to 54 and 65 and over cohorts.

           Percentage of SME Employers by Age Band, 2012 and 2014

 Sources: Small Business Survey 2012 and 2014

 Note: The survey questions on Age were not included in the Small Business Survey 2015.

 

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Age and Business and Enterprise Page

Age Page

Disability
  • Self-employment rates tend to be higher for disabled people. In 2016, the self-employment rate for disabled people was 15% compared to 12% for non-disabled people.

Source: Annual Population Survey (January to December)

 

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Disability and Business and Enterprise Page

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Ethnicity
  • Self-employment rates tend to be higher for minority ethnic groups. In 2016, the self-employment rate for ethnic minorities was 16% compared to 13% for those of white ethnic origin.

Source: Annual Population Survey (January to December)

 

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Ethnicity and Business and Enterprise Page

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Gender
  • Out of the 327,200 self-employed people in Scotland in 2016, 112,900 were women (35%) while 214,400 were men (65%).  Female self-employment has increased over recent years, from 76,000 in 2007 to 112,900 in 2016, representing a rise of 49%. Although male self-employment also experienced a rise over the same time period, it was significantly smaller at 14%.

Male and Female Self-Employment Rates, 2007-2016

Source: Annual Population Survey (January to December)

 

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Gender and Business and Enterprise Page

Gender Page

Religion
  • In 2011, the proportion of all people (16 years+) in employment who were self-employed was highest for the following religion groups: Jewish (28%), Sikhs (27%) and Muslim (26%). By comparison, self-employment rates were substantially lower for the following religion groups: No religion (12%), Hindu (11%) and Roman Catholic which had the lowest self-employment rate at 10%.

Source: 2011 Census, National Records of Scotland (NRS)

 

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Religion and Business and Enterprise Page

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Sexual Orientation

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the position of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in relation to business, enterprise and tourism.

Transgender

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the position of transgender people in relation to business, enterprise and tourism.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Information in this section will be updated with relevant publications and outputs into the needs and experiences of people with characteristics protected by equality legislation for the policy area Business and Enterprise.

Small Business Survey Scotland Reports

Statistics from the Annual Population Survey for year to December 2016

Businesses in Scotland 2016

Data

Data

Annual Population Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

SDS Equality Toolkit  This toolkit is aimed at Skills Development Scotland (SDS) staff and partners – to ensure equality and diversity is considered when working with customers, and also to encourage an inclusive culture throughout SDS as an organisation.

UK Small Business Survey Reports

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

The FTSE female index, Cranfield University

Stonewall Scotland's Top 100 Employers 2013 Workplace Equality Index - an audit of workplace culture for gay, lesbian and bisexual staff in Scottish public and private sector organisations.

Statistics in more details

Contacts

Business, Enterprise and Tourism

industrystatistics@gov.scot