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Summary: Sexual Orientation and Labour Market

Summary: Sexual Orientation and Labour Market

  • In 2015, people who identified as ‘LGB and other’ were more likely to be unemployed compared to those who identified as ‘heterosexual’ (11.1 percent versus 3.1 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 2015 (Last updated: November 2016)


Useful Links 

Sexual Orientation Page

Labour Market Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to sexual orientation and transgender people

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

The Double Glazed Glass Ceiling: Lesbians in the Workplace (Stonewall) An investigation into the concerns about openly-gay women in their workplaces and whether gender or sexual orientation is more of a barrier to success.

External Research Organisations

Nomis - An Office for National Statistics (ONS) service, providing access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources.

Office for National Statistics: Labour Market - ONS publications on UK labour market statistics



Labour market