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Summary: Sexual Orientation and Labour Market

Summary: Sexual Orientation and Labour Market


In 2013, people who identified as ‘LGB and other’ were twice as likely to be unemployed compared to those who identified as ‘heterosexual’ (8.5 percent versus 4.3 per cent).  It is important to note that a higher proportion of those identifying as ‘LGB and other’ were in the age groups 16-24 and 25-34, which were also the age groups where unemployment was higher.

Source: Scottish Surveys Core Questions


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Stonewall Top 100 Employers for 2013: The workplace Equality index -  

Stonewall have compiled a Workplace Equality Index for 2013 based on an audit of workplace culture for gay staff. 22 Scottish organisations participated in the Workplace Equality Index this year and six employers made it into the Top 100.

The double-glazed glass ceiling: Lesbians in the workplace -  

In 2008, Stonewall researchers interviewed a range of lesbian and bisexual women about their experiences in the workplace. The participants discussed their experiences, perceptions and expectations of the impact that their sexuality might have on them at work. This report presents those findings.



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