Scottish Cities

Percentage in full-time employment aged 16-64, selected Scottish cities and Scotland, April 2016-March 2017

Full Time Employment - Scottish Cities (2018)

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Around three quarters (74.3%) of working age people in employment work full-time in Glasgow, which is identical to the Scottish average.


The Annual Population Survey (APS) combines results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the English, Welsh and Scottish Labour Force Survey boosts.  It is the primary source for information on local labour markets, providing headline estimates on employment, unemployment and economic activity and is the largest annual household survey in Scotland.

The LFS definition of employment is anyone (aged 16 or over) who does at least one hour’s paid work in the week prior to their LFS interview, or has a job that they are temporarily away from (e.g. on holiday). Also included are people who do unpaid work in a family business and people on government supported employment training schemes, in line with ILO definitions.

The headline employment rate is the proportion of the working-age population who are in employment. The working-age population comprises men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59 and therefore takes account of the school leaving age but does not align completely with the state pension age which is in the process of change and rising.

Full-time/part-time definition:
The LFS full-time/part-time split is based on respondent self-classification. Respondents are asked whether they work full-time or part-time in their main job. Interviewers are instructed to let the respondent decide how to classify their job and not to give them a definition of full-time or part-time. However, if a respondent classifies their main job as part-time and then says, in answer to a subsequent question about their usual hours of work, that they usually work more than 40 hours per week in their main job (excluding overtime and meal breaks) a validation check is triggered and their status is reclassified as full-time. A similar validation check is triggered if a respondent classifies their status as full-time but later says that they usually work fewer than 16 hours per week in their main job, in which case their status is reclassified as part-time. People on college-based government employment and training schemes are, by convention, classified as being in part-time employment.

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