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Regional employment patterns in Scotland: statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2016

Published: 23 May 2017
Part of:
Economy, Statistics, Work and skills

Summary publication of results from the Annual Population Survey 2016, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training.

51 page PDF


51 page PDF


Regional employment patterns in Scotland: statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2016

51 page PDF



1. An explanation of the term statistically significant can be found in Annex C.

2. The gap between Scotland’s best and worst performing regions is calculated by taking the difference between the employment rate calculated for the 3 local authorities with the highest employment rates in Scotland and the employment rate calculated for the 3 with the lowest.

3. Note: Other includes unpaid workers in a family business, those on Government-supported training and employment programmes and those employees and self-employees who did not report their working pattern.

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

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

6. Data are not available by Local Authority for Minority Ethnic Employment rates. Table 1.6 provides employment rates and levels for ethnic minority by regions which are composed of a number of local authorities as defined in Table 1.6.

7. Due to small sample sizes within the minority ethnic group in Scotland, these estimates are quite volatile.

8. 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

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

10. 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

11. Low, Med-Low, Med-High and High occupational skills are defined from the Standard Occupational Classification 2010. They are approximated by the length of time deemed necessary for a person to become fully competent in the performance of the tasks associated with a job, This, in turn, is a function of the time taken to gain necessary formal qualifications or the required amount of work-based training.

12. 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 D.

13. The methodology for estimating the level of NEET is in line with that used by ONS.

14. Note: Inactive sick includes those who are temporary sick or long-term sick/disabled and Other includes those who are waiting on results of a job application, those who do not need or want employment or other reason

15. The number of people who have never worked covers those aged 16+ who are currently unemployed or economically inactive.



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