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Summary: Gender and Local Government

Summary: Gender and Local Government

  •  At mid-2016, 72% of staff working for Local Authorities were women.

Source: Public Sector Employment (Q2, 2016)


  • There is a slight difference between men and women's satisfaction with public services overall. In 2015, 59% of men compared to 56% of women said they were satisfied with local schools, local health services and public transport (as a composite measure).

Source: Scottish Household Survey (2015)


Useful Links

Gender Page

Local Government Page



The Scottish Government website provides equalities breakdowns for the two public services National Indicators on Scotland Performs: Improve people's perceptions of the quality of public services and Improve the responsiveness of public services.

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.

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.

Scotland's Councillor's (2013)  - Infomation about Scotland's Councillors published by the Improvement Service

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA)

Improvement Service - The Improvement Service works with councils and their partners to help improve the efficiency, quality and accountability of local public services in Scotland.

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE)

The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.

Report on Scottish Council Elections 2012



Local Government