Summary: Age and Business, Enterprise and Tourism
- 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.
Sources: Small Business Survey 2012 and 2014
Note: The survey questions on Age were not included in the Small Business Survey 2015.
In 2016, although those aged 65 and over made up a small share of all those self-employed (10%), those aged 65 and over had the highest self-employment rate. In 2016, 36% of those aged 65 and over in employment were self-employed compared to an overall self-employment rate of 13% for Scotland as a whole.
Source: Annual Population Survey (January to December)
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