Annual Population Survey in Scotland 2007: A Compendium of Labour Market Statistics

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People aged 50 and over

The employment rate estimate for those aged 50 to the state pension age (59 for females and 64 for males) was 71.4% in Scotland in 2007.

Two local authority areas had an older person's employment rate estimate above 80.0% in 2007: Shetland Islands (82.5%) and Orkney Islands (81.4%).

The 2007 employment rate estimate for those aged 50 to the state pension age, living in the 15% most deprived areas, was 50.8%; much lower than that for the rest of Scotland (74.3%).

In terms of urban/rural areas, the 2007 employment rate estimate for those aged 50 to the state pension age was lowest in large urban areas (67.8%) and highest in accessible rural areas (77.6%).

The 2007 employment rate for those aged 50 to the state pension age was 78.8% for those living in the Highlands & Islands Enterprise area, and 70.6% for those living in the rest of Scotland.

Table 7: Working age employment rates and levels for people aged over 50, 2006-2007

Geography
(Residence Based)

2006

2007

Proportion

Proportion

Level

Scotland

70.2%

71.4%

582,300

Local Authority Area

Aberdeen City

78.1%

73.0%

22,800

Aberdeenshire

78.9%

79.0%

35,000

Angus

80.9%

78.9%

15,500

Argyll & Bute

75.3%

76.3%

12,400

Clackmannanshire

71.2%

64.3%

6,400

Dumfries & Galloway

74.2%

70.6%

20,000

Dundee City

65.3%

67.8%

14,200

East Ayrshire

62.1%

64.4%

13,100

East Dunbartonshire

77.6%

74.5%

13,900

East Lothian

73.7%

73.5%

10,700

East Renfrewshire

74.7%

78.7%

12,100

Edinburgh, City of

73.7%

74.3%

45,600

Eilean Siar

77.0%

77.1%

4,000

Falkirk

66.1%

68.6%

17,100

Fife

70.7%

73.7%

41,900

Glasgow City

55.5%

60.5%

44,100

Highland

75.0%

78.8%

32,700

Inverclyde

64.6%

61.8%

8,100

Midlothian

74.8%

77.7%

10,300

Moray

74.6%

78.2%

11,400

North Ayrshire

62.2%

66.8%

15,300

North Lanarkshire

61.6%

64.9%

32,400

Orkney Islands

80.7%

81.4%

2,600

Perth & Kinross

76.0%

74.0%

17,600

Renfrewshire

68.1%

71.6%

19,100

Scottish Borders

77.2%

75.0%

15,000

Shetland Islands

82.2%

82.5%

2,500

South Ayrshire

70.7%

72.2%

14,100

South Lanarkshire

67.3%

66.8%

33,000

Stirling

71.2%

77.6%

10,100

West Dunbartonshire

73.0%

70.5%

9,900

West Lothian

71.6%

73.5%

19,400

Deprivation

15% Most Deprived Areas

50.2%

50.8%

50,200

Rest of Scotland

73.2%

74.3%

532,000

Urban/Rural Classification (6 fold)

Large Urban Areas

65.9%

67.8%

186,700

Other Urban Areas

71.0%

71.4%

174,800

Accessible Small Towns

69.7%

69.5%

54,800

Remote Small Towns

73.7%

76.3%

23,700

Accessible Rural

75.9%

77.6%

94,300

Remote Rural

74.1%

75.3%

48,100

Enterprise Region

Highlands & Islands

75.7%

78.8%

62,900

Rest of Scotland

69.6%

70.6%

519,400