Labour Market News

Latest Releases

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest labour market statistics on 18 March 2015. The regional ONS labour market statistics - including figures for Scotland -  are available here. The latest briefing produced by Scottish Government analysts can be found here.

April 2015 - User Consultation

We are currently consulting on proposed changes to the "Local Area Labour Market: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2014" publication sheduled for release on 28 May 2015.

The following changes are proposed for the 2015 publication (based on APS 2014 data):

  • The summary section will be more concise and will contain graphical elements.
  • The main report will be significantly shorter and be info-graphic based.

We welcome comments on the proposal. Contacts details below:

Telephone: 0300 244 6773

Labour Market


This section gives information on how to access statistics relating to the Labour Market.


We produce various publications and briefing papers which relate specifically to the labour market in Scotland. This includes all the latest information on unemployment, employment, economic inactivity, earnings, public sector employment and other labour market based statistics.

Youth Employment briefing papers can also be found on the briefing papers page


Data are available at a variety of geographies: UK, Scotland, Local Authority areas and Parliamentary Constituency areas.


You may browse our Publications or a list of available Data for specific information, or use the High Level Trends below to view a brief overview of some of our key statistics.


You can also access data through the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) website where you will find a range of data from datazone to Scotland level.


If you can't find what you're looking for, use the search tools on the Search Statistics page or contact us directly for more information.


The Statistical News Releases page includes those releases related to the Labour Market topic.

Statistics Topic

High Level Summary of Statistics Trends

Employment and Economic Activity
Skills Profile 
Earnings and Benefits

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High Level Summary of Equality Statistics

Equality trends for Labour Market can be accessed throughout the Local Area Labour Markets in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2012 publication.


Featured Analysis

Unemployment rate (16+) by deprivation for Scotland,
January to December 2012

Employment rate by gender and deprivation 2012, Scotland

Source: Annual Population Survey, Jan-Dec 2012, ONS
            Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2012,
Scottish Government

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Labour Market statistics in more detail

Publications and Data
Recent statistical publications on Labour Market, including background information, and other online briefing.

Methods and Background
Useful information relating to Labour Market statistics.

Analytical Papers
Research and statistical papers relating to Labour Market issues.

Consultation - ScotStat
Consultation and planning arrangements for Labour Market statistical collections.

Related Areas and Links
Associated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.

Our contact information.