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Post Equality, Poverty & Welfare Analysis Team Communities Analytical Services Scottish Government 1F North Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
In 2016 in Scotland:
The employment rate for those aged 16-64 stood at 72.9%.The employment rate was highest for 35-49 year olds (81.9%) and lowest for the 16-24 year old age group (55.7%).
For those aged 16 and over, the lowest employment rates were seen by those aged 16-24, 50-64 and 65+ (55.7%, 68.8% and 9.1%); 16-24 year olds are more likely than other age groups to be in full-time education, whereas those in the 50-64 and 65+ age groups are more likely to be retired or long-term sick.
Source: Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2016 (Last updated: May 2017)
For the latest labour market statistics see the monthly briefing papers
Age and Labour Market Page
The employment rate for those aged 16-64 who were Equality Act disabled was 42.9% compared to 80.1% for those who were not Equality Act disabled and 72.9% for the total population aged 16-64.
The employment rate for those who were Equality Act disabled rose by 0.9 percentage points from 41.9% in 2015.
52.5% of people who were Equality Act disabled were economically inactive, an increase of 0.9 percentage points over the year.
Note: Estimates [from April 2013 onwards] are based on the core definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010, as specified in the Government Statistical Service (GSS) Harmonised Standards for questions on disability. It includes people with a health condition or illness lasting 12 months or more that reduces their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. It excludes certain non-core groups covered by the Equality Act, such as those with progressive or past conditions that do not currently limit their activities, and conditions that only limit their activities without medication or treatment. The introduction of this new definition means that estimates are not directly comparable with earlier periods.
Disability and Labour Market Page
The employment rate for people from minority ethnic groups decreased by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 58.9% to 57.6%.
Ethnicity and Labour Market Page
87.2% of men in employment are in full time employment compared to 58.3% of women.
18.1% of men in employment work in the public sector1 compared to 35.0% of women.
Note: The official source for employment in the public sector at national & regional level is the Quarterly Public Sector Employment series (QPSE) but that Annual Population Survey is used to obtain breakdowns such as gender.
Gender and Labour Market Page
In Scotland in 2016:
the highest employment rates were seen for those with no religion (74.2%) followed by Christians (72.8%), Other religion (69.2%), Buddhists (68.5%), Hindus (61.9%) and Muslims (50.5%).The employment rate for Scotland as a whole was 72.9%.
Religion and Labour Market Page
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)
Sexual Orientation and Labour Market Page
Sexual Orientation Page
The Scottish Government currently does not have information on the position of transgender people in the labour market.
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.
Labour Market Statistics Monthly Briefing Paper (2017) The monthly publication contains headline Labour Market Statistics, trends by gender and youth employment and unemployment.
Non-UK nationals living and working in Scotland 2016 (November 2017) These tables present a range of labour market information for EU nationals and non-EU nationals living and working in Scotland sourced from the Annual Population Survey. Information is included on the following topics; employment rate, industry and occupation of employment and level of skills.
EU Nationals Living and Working in Scotland 2015 (March 2017) This paper presents key statistics relating to the economic status of migrants, from both the EU and from outside the EU, who are resident in Scotland.
Labour Market briefs
Annual Population Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.
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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
Page updated: Friday, January 19, 2018