Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey, 2015

Summary publication of results from the Annual Population Survey 2015, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training. Results are provided for Scotland and local authority areas in Scotland.


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2. Further information about how disability is defined under the Equality Act 2010 can be found here

3. Average of difference in employment rates between the white ethnic group and the minority ethnic group between 2004 and 2015.

4. Youth employment rates in some authorities will be affected by large student populations which can lead to higher inactivity levels and hence lower employment rates. In Scotland and the UK 44% of young people were enrolled in full-time education in 2014. Of these, 33% in Scotland were also in employment, a higher proportion than in the UK (26%)

5. Other includes opportunities to work flexible hours, wanting to stay mentally/physically fit and a wide range of personal reasons

6. Underemployment refers to those who are in work but who would prefer to work more hours for the same rate of pay and provides a measure of underutilisation of labour. It is also used to refer to underutilisation of skills, but the APS only gathers information on hours based underemployment

7. EU directives on protected groups in 2000 and Equality Act 2010

8. The official source for public sector employment is the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Series ( QPSE). The APS is the preferred source for disaggregation by gender and age at local level. However, due to self-reporting, the APS tends to over-estimate the size of the public sector

9. Sample sizes for the unemployed cohort are relatively small compared to the employed or inactive cohorts. Consequently unemployment estimates at local level can have large sampling variations. To improve the quality of estimates for all local authorities, the Office for National Statistics ( ONS) developed model based estimates. Further information on how these estimates are derived is given in Annex E.

10. The methodology for estimating the level of NEET has changed in line with that used by ONS. Further information on the impact and methodology is available in Annex D

11. Information on the range of targets and indicators which comprise the National Performance Framework can be found on the Scotland Performs website:



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