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S5W-16009: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the number of non-UK EU nationals employed in the tourism sector, also broken down by local authority area.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 2 May 2018

It is estimated from the Annual Population Survey (Jan-Dec 2017), that 23,900 non-UK EU nationals were employed in the Sustainable Tourism sector in Scotland. (Source: Annual Population Survey, Jan 2017 – Dec 2017)

The Annual Population Survey pooled data set for the time period January 2014-December 2016 estimates 18,000 non-EU UK nationals were employed in Sustainable Tourism in Scotland.

The pooled data set provides a larger sample size and allows a more reliable estimate to be produced for smaller groups and therefore has been used in this answer to estimate non-UK EU nationals by local authority area.

The Annual Population Survey pooled data set for the time period January 2014-December 2016 estimates 5,000 (25%) of non-UK EU nationals employed in Sustainable tourism reside in Edinburgh and 4,000 (21%) reside in Glasgow.

It is estimated that 7 local authorities have no non-UK EU nationals living there and working in sustainable tourism including (East Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Eilean Siar, North Ayrshire, Orkney islands, Shetland islands).

The remaining local authorities provide estimates of 2,000 or less non-UK EU nationals. Estimates of this size, from this source have a high degree of variation and cannot be used as a reliable estimate. (Source: Annual Population Survey, Jan 2014 – Dec 2017)

The definition of ‘Sustainable Tourism’ is consistent with the Scottish Government Growth Sectors definition based on 2017 Standard Industrial Classification and includes (Standard Industrial Classification

51.1 Hotels and Restaurants ,

55.2 Holiday and other short stay accommodation,

55.3 Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks,

56.1 Restaurants and mobile food service activities,

56.3 beverage serving activities,

79.12 Tour operator ,

79.9 Other reservation service and related activities

91.02 Museum activities

91.03 Operation of historical sites and building and similar visitor attractions

91.04 Botanical and zoological gerdens and nature reserve activities

93.11 Operation of sports facilities

93.199 Other sports activities (not including activities of racehorse owners) nec

93.21 Activities of amusement parks and theme parks

93.29 Other amusement and recreation activities).