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Summary: Gender and Local Government

Summary: Gender and Local Government

  •  At mid-2017, 72% of staff working for Local Authorities were women.

Source: Public Sector Employment Statistics (Last updated: November 2017)

  • There is no evidence of a difference between men and women's satisfaction with public services overall. In 2016, 56% of men and 56% of women said they were satisfied with local schools, local health services and public transport (as a composite measure).

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Local Services (Last updated: September 2017)


Useful Links

Gender Page

Local Government Page


Publications and Outputs

Public Sector Employment (2018) Table 10 provides a headcount of local government employment by local authority and gender, from 2000 to the present

Scottish Household Survey 2016 (September 2017) This report presents reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households, both nationally and at a sub-national level. This includes analysis of age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation


Public Appointments in Scotland 2016: Diversity Analysis Report (March 2017) A report providing an equality breakdown of public appointments, by disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Gender Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to gender



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household 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 gender


External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Scotland's Councillors 2017-22 (Improvement Service, 2017) his report presents the findings of a survey of all councillors in Scotland following the May 2017 local elections. It includes age, ethnicity, gender and religion of councillors in Scotland

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

External Research Organisations

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. It produces a small number of research publications each year, which have covered poverty and neighbourhood inequalities

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association - Develops and delivers a programme of activities which promote the further development and understanding of local government R&I in Scotland



Local Government