Information on employment in the third sector is collected in the Annual Population Survey (APS). The key results from the latest survey show that:
- Employment in the third sector in Scotland increased by 31% to 79,400 in 2010, from 60,700 in 2004.
- In 2010, third sector employment represented approximately 3.2% of all those aged 16 and over in employment in Scotland, rising significantly from 2.5% in 2004. This compares to 2.7% of the UK workforce as a whole in 2010.
- Around two-thirds of those working in the Scottish third sector are employed on a full-time basis. This proportion has remained generally the same since 2004.
- The number of male employees in the third sector workforce increased from 18,600 in 2004 to 26,900 in 2010 (a rise in the level of 45%). Over the same period the number of female employees in the third sector has risen by 25%. This has led to an increase in the proportion of males working in the third sector, from 31% in 2004 to 34% in 2010.
- Since 2007, the proportion of those employed in the third sector who consider themselves to have a disability has remained stable at around 18%.
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