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S5W-11245: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

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

Year

Self-employment (level)

Self-employment (as a proportion of all in employment)

Mar 1999–Feb 2000

221,000

9.7

Mar 2000–Feb 2001

218,000

9.3

Mar 2001–Feb 2002

227,000

9.7

Mar 2002–Feb 2003

238,000

10.1

Mar 2003–Feb 2004

236,000

10.0

Apr 2004–Mar 2005

248,400

10.2

Apr 2005–Mar 2006

246,800

10.0

Apr 2006-Mar 2007

266,700

10.6

Apr 2007-Mar 2008

267,200

10.5

Apr 2008-Mar 2009

267,000

10.5

Apr 2009-Mar 2010

267,600

10.8

Apr 2010-Mar 2011

273,300

11.0

Apr 2011-Mar 2012

293,600

11.9

Apr 2012-Mar 2013

293,700

11.8

Apr 2013-Mar 2014

288,700

11.5

Apr 2014-Mar 2015

312,200

12.1

Apr 2015-Mar 2016

300,800

11.7

Apr 2016-Mar 2017

320,100

12.3

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.