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Statistics in more details

Summary: Religion and Business and Enterprise

  • 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)


Useful Links

Religion Page

Business and Enterprise Page

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 Business and Enterprise.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Religion and Belief Evidence Review - a comprehensive review of the available evidence relating to religious equality, across the policy areas.

Small Business Survey Scotland Reports

Statistics from the Annual Population Survey for year to December 2016

Businesses in Scotland 2017



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

External Links

External Links

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UK Small Business Survey Reports

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



Business and Enterprise