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

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Lone Parents

Table 6 shows employment rate estimates for lone parents of working age in 2007. The employment rate estimate of working age lone parents in Scotland was 56.3%.

In 2007, three local authority areas had a lone parent employment rate estimate above 70.0%: Highland (88.9%), Aberdeenshire (76.7%) and South Ayrshire (73.1%).

Table 6: Working age employment rates and levels for lone parents, 2006-2007

Geography
(Residence Based)

2006

2007

Proportion

Proportion

Level

Scotland

56.5%

56.3%

103,200

Local Authority Area

Aberdeen City

64.5%

58.3%

3,900

Aberdeenshire

71.7%

76.7%

4,200

Angus

67.0%

61.5%

2,100

Argyll & Bute

73.2%

63.7%

1,600

Clackmannanshire

*

*

*

Dumfries & Galloway

64.4%

55.1%

2,100

Dundee City

50.6%

44.1%

2,800

East Ayrshire

50.3%

53.4%

2,600

East Dunbartonshire

75.3%

67.8%

1,900

East Lothian

53.9%

63.4%

1,800

East Renfrewshire

74.7%

62.7%

1,400

Edinburgh, City of

61.4%

57.5%

9,700

Eilean Siar

*

*

*

Falkirk

54.4%

67.9%

3,300

Fife

49.3%

54.6%

6,400

Glasgow City

43.7%

38.3%

11,400

Highland

75.9%

88.9%

4,000

Inverclyde

54.6%

49.1%

1,800

Midlothian

63.2%

57.7%

1,700

Moray

64.9%

62.5%

1,400

North Ayrshire

54.7%

57.0%

3,600

North Lanarkshire

53.3%

55.9%

9,000

Orkney Islands

*

*

*

Perth & Kinross

71.6%

68.3%

3,200

Renfrewshire

64.5%

62.6%

4,000

Scottish Borders

57.1%

62.3%

1,400

Shetland Islands

*

*

*

South Ayrshire

56.2%

73.1%

2,400

South Lanarkshire

61.1%

67.0%

6,800

Stirling

57.5%

58.4%

1,800

West Dunbartonshire

59.9%

51.8%

2,300

West Lothian

57.6%

52.5%

2,800

Deprivation

15% Most Deprived Areas

39.0%

35.6%

18,800

Rest of Scotland

64.0%

64.8%

84,400

Urban/Rural Classification (6 fold)

Large Urban Areas

51.9%

48.9%

41,500

Other Urban Areas

57.3%

58.8%

31,500

Accessible Small Towns

59.6%

65.5%

11,800

Remote Small Towns

67.5%

61.4%

3,100

Accessible Rural

66.2%

66.6%

9,800

Remote Rural

71.5%

79.3%

5,500

Enterprise Region

Highlands & Islands

74.6%

77.2%

7,600

Rest of Scotland

55.4%

55.2%

95,600

* - Estimate is below reliability threshold (See Annex A for more details).
Note: A lone parent is defined here as a working age adult who is the head of a family with dependent children who is either married but does not live with his/her spouse or is not married and does not live with a partner. Dependent children are defined as those aged 0-15 or aged 16-18 in full-time education.

The lone parent employment rate estimate for those living in the 15% most deprived areas was 35.6% in 2007, much lower than that for the rest of Scotland (64.8%).

Employment rates for lone parents varied from a low of 48.9% in large urban areas to 79.3% in remote rural areas (2007).

The latest employment rate (2007) for lone parents in the Highlands & Islands Enterprise area was 77.2%. In comparison, the rate for lone parents in the rest of Scotland was 55.2%.