Date lodged: 12 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been self-employed in each year since 1999, also given as a percentage of the total workforce.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 September 2017
Table 1 shows the overall level of self-employment and as a percentage of the total number of people in employment in each year from Mar 1999–Feb 2000 to April 2016-Mar 2017. Apr 2016-Mar 2017 is the most recent Annual Population Survey data available.
Table 1: Level of self-employment and percentage of all in employment, Scotland, 1999-2016
Sources: Mar 1999–Feb 2000 to Mar 2003–Feb 2004 Local Area Labour Force Survey, ONS. Apr 2004–Mar 2005 to Apr 2016-Mar 2017 Annual Population Survey, ONS. There is a discontinuity in this series with information prior to April 2004-Mar 2005 being sourced from the Local Area Labour Force Survey and the Annual Population Survey being used from Apr 2004-Mar 2005 onward. The Annual Population Survey was first produced by ONS in 2004 as a replacement for the Local Area labour Force Survey.