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Summary: Disability and Third Sector

Summary: Disability and Third Sector

  • In 2015, 16% of people employed in the third sector considered themselves to have a disability, compared with 10% in the private sector and 11% in the public sector.

Source: Annual Population Survey (2015)

  • In 2016, 26% of people who volunteered had a disability, a long term illness or had both. 

Source: Scottish Household Survey (2016)


Useful Links

Disability Page

Third Sector Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Third Sector Employment Statistics can be found at the bottom of this page

Third Sector approaches to bridging the distance from the employment market for people with Multiple and Complex Needs - An evidence review on how third sector organisations engage with people who face multiple and complex needs and bridge their distance from the employment market.



The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data. Information about confidence intervals in the SHS can be found in Annex 3 of the annual report.

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

Fututre Developments

Future Developments

  • The Scottish Government website provides information on developments in Scottish Third Sector policy.

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.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Third Sector Evidence Library 

Third Sector Research Centre and the Third Sector Knowledge Portal

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum

Social Enterprise Scotland

Volunteer Development Scotland 

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy




 Third Sector