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

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The number of people employed (16+) in Scotland was estimated to be just over 2.521 million in 2007, 88.9% were employees, 10.4% were self employed, 0.4% were on government training programmes and 0.3% were unpaid family workers. In 2007, the three local authority areas with the highest estimated proportion of self employed were: Orkney Islands (22.9%), Argyll & Bute (16.3%) and Dumfries & Galloway (16.0%).

Table 9: Number of people in employment by employment type, 2006-2007

Geography
(Residence Based)

2006

2007

% Self Employed

% Self Employed

Level
Employee

Level
Self Employed

Scotland

10.6%

10.4%

2,241,000

263,100

Local Authority Area

Aberdeen City

7.7%

6.4%

104,600

7,200

Aberdeenshire

14.0%

13.5%

109,400

17,300

Angus

13.0%

13.9%

45,600

7,400

Argyll & Bute

16.2%

16.3%

36,000

7,100

Clackmannanshire

9.3%

9.1%

19,800

2,000

Dumfries & Galloway

16.6%

16.0%

58,000

11,200

Dundee City

8.0%

7.3%

60,900

4,800

East Ayrshire

9.4%

10.9%

48,600

6,000

East Dunbartonshire

9.9%

9.8%

46,700

5,100

East Lothian

13.4%

13.3%

39,500

6,100

East Renfrewshire

11.1%

13.2%

37,200

5,700

Edinburgh, City of

10.8%

10.9%

220,700

27,000

Eilean Siar

11.7%

14.4%

10,900

1,900

Falkirk

7.6%

8.2%

68,700

6,100

Fife

10.0%

8.4%

160,500

14,700

Glasgow City

8.7%

8.7%

236,900

22,700

Highland

15.2%

12.9%

96,700

14,500

Inverclyde

9.6%

7.8%

32,500

2,800

Midlothian

9.6%

10.2%

36,300

4,100

Moray

13.0%

12.4%

37,800

5,400

North Ayrshire

9.3%

8.7%

54,900

5,300

North Lanarkshire

8.3%

10.2%

137,000

15,600

Orkney Islands

21.1%

22.9%

8,200

2,500

Perth & Kinross

13.7%

15.1%

57,700

10,300

Renfrewshire

6.4%

7.4%

75,100

6,000

Scottish Borders

14.0%

15.6%

46,700

8,600

Shetland Islands

13.4%

12.4%

10,400

1,500

South Ayrshire

12.0%

11.5%

46,300

6,100

South Lanarkshire

9.4%

7.8%

142,200

12,200

Stirling

12.4%

13.2%

37,300

5,800

West Dunbartonshire

7.5%

7.2%

40,200

3,100

West Lothian

7.4%

8.1%

77,900

6,900

Deprivation

15% Most Deprived Areas

5.4%

3.8%

256,900

10,200

Rest of Scotland

11.2%

11.2%

1,984,100

252,900

Urban/Rural Classification (6 fold)

Large Urban Areas

8.8%

8.7%

870,100

83,300

Other Urban Areas

8.0%

8.1%

668,500

59,500

Accessible Small Towns

10.7%

9.8%

202,600

22,100

Remote Small Towns

11.0%

9.7%

81,800

8,800

Accessible Rural

15.8%

16.0%

292,800

56,100

Remote Rural

21.4%

20.7%

125,200

33,400

Enterprise Region

Highlands & Islands

15.5%

14.2%

189,100

31,700

Rest of Scotland

10.1%

10.1%

2,051,900

231,400

The proportion of self employed was estimated to be lower for people living in the 15% most deprived areas than for those living in the rest of Scotland in 2007 (3.8% vs. 11.2%).

In terms of urban/rural areas, in 2007, self employment was most prevalent in remote rural areas (with 20.7% of those in employment estimated to be self-employed).

A higher proportion of those working in the Highlands & Islands Enterprise area were self-employed (14.2%), compared to 10.1% in the rest of Scotland.