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Summary: Disability and Business and Enterprise

  • In 2014, 9% of small to medium-sized employing sole traders had a disability.  This figure has decreased by 2 percentage points since 2012.

Source: Small Business Survey 2012, Small Business Survey 2014 (More recent data is currently unavailable. Last updated: March 2015)

  • In 2017, the self-employment rate for disabled people (14%) was higher than for non-disabled people (11.7%).

  • In 2017, the self-employment rate for disabled people was highest in the 65+ age category (43.4%) and lowest in the 16 to 34 category (9.7%).

  • For 16-34 year olds and people over 55, the self-employment rates were higher for disabled people than non-disabled people.

Disabled vs age

Source: Annual Population Survey results for year to December 2017 (Last updated: May 2018)


Useful Links

Disability Page

Business and Enterprise Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2016 (May 2017) Summary publication of results from the Annual Population Survey, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training. The main publication contains data on age, disability, ethnicity and gender, with further equalities analysis found in the Supplementary Local Authority Tables.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Disability Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to disability.



Scottish Government Survey Data

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

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by disability status


External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Small Business Survey reports (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) A collection of UK small business survey reports. This includes ethnicity and gender, whilst the surveys for 2012 and 2014 also contain a breakdown for Scotland by age and disability.



Business and Enterprise