Publication - Statistics

Scottish Agricultural Census: final results - June 2020

Published: 15 Dec 2020

Final results from the 2020 June Agricultural Census on land use, crop areas, livestock and the number of people working on agricultural holdings. These results replace the provisional figures published on 6 October 2020.

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Scottish Agricultural Census: final results - June 2020
The majority of working occupiers and spouses are older than 55

The majority of working occupiers and spouses are older than 55

A chart showing the number of working occupiers (occupier and spouse) by age group and gender.

Agricultural workforce

66,700 

* Numbers include only occupiers and spouses that provided data.

The total agricultural workforce is estimated to be around 66,700 workers. Although this estimate may not include some family members who may also provide labour. 

The majority of the workforce are owner-occupiers, made up of people who own or rent the farm and work on it. Of all working occupiers (occupier and spouse), 61 per cent are male and 39 per cent are female.

Working occupiers are getting increasingly older. In June 2020, only ten per cent of the total working occupiers were under 41. Male occupiers are older than female occupiers. Where 37 per cent of male farm occupiers were older than 64, this was true for only 30 per cent of female farm occupiers.


Contact

Email: agric.stats@gov.scot