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

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Chapter 3 - Education and Skills

Qualifications

Table 23 shows the proportion of working age adults whose highest qualification is SCQF level 4 (General Standard Grade or equivalent) or below. The data from Table 23 is used as a proxy measure to inform the Government's National Indicator on literacy and numeracy as they are currently developing a new national survey to collect data on working age people with severe literacy and numeracy problems. The indicator aims to reduce the number of working age people with severe literacy and numeracy problems.

Table 23: Proportion of working age adults with SCQF level 4 qualifications or below, 2006-2007

Geography
(Residence Based)

2006

2007

Proportion

Proportion

Scotland

16.3%

16.1%

Local Authority Area

Aberdeen City

13.4%

13.0%

Aberdeenshire

13.8%

10.8%

Angus

13.8%

15.3%

Argyll & Bute

14.8%

13.4%

Clackmannanshire

20.4%

22.7%

Dumfries & Galloway

15.9%

18.2%

Dundee City

18.7%

18.6%

East Ayrshire

21.7%

23.3%

East Dunbartonshire

9.2%

9.8%

East Lothian

13.2%

12.6%

East Renfrewshire

10.4%

9.2%

Edinburgh, City of

8.6%

8.9%

Eilean Siar

16.5%

17.5%

Falkirk

14.8%

14.5%

Fife

13.1%

14.9%

Glasgow City

23.0%

24.1%

Highland

12.4%

12.0%

Inverclyde

21.2%

21.0%

Midlothian

13.8%

18.1%

Moray

18.2%

15.8%

North Ayrshire

18.9%

16.9%

North Lanarkshire

26.9%

22.6%

Orkney Islands

11.8%

14.3%

Perth & Kinross

12.6%

14.3%

Renfrewshire

15.0%

16.3%

Scottish Borders

14.4%

13.9%

Shetland Islands

11.8%

11.6%

South Ayrshire

16.2%

14.8%

South Lanarkshire

19.0%

17.1%

Stirling

10.7%

12.6%

West Dunbartonshire

21.2%

18.1%

West Lothian

15.0%

15.1%

Deprivation

15% Most Deprived Areas

33.9%

34.6%

Rest of Scotland

13.3%

13.1%

Urban/Rural Classification (6 fold)

Large Urban Areas

17.7%

17.3%

Other Urban Areas

16.3%

16.4%

Accessible Small Towns

17.1%

16.5%

Remote Small Towns

18.0%

15.4%

Accessible Rural

11.5%

12.9%

Remote Rural

13.6%

13.6%

Enterprise Region

Highlands & Islands

14.5%

13.6%

Rest of Scotland

16.4%

16.3%

The proportion of working age people whose highest qualification was SCQF level 4 or below was estimated to be 16.1% in 2007. Glasgow City had the highest estimated proportion (24.1%) and Edinburgh City had the lowest estimated proportion (8.9%).

Table 24 provides information on 18-29 year olds educated to below SCQF level 6 (Higher or equivalent). The proportion of 18-29 year olds whose highest qualification was below SCQF level 6 was estimated to be 29.8% in 2007.