Scottish Cities

Underemployment rate in selected Scottish cities and Scotland, 2004-2020
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The rate of underemployment increased in Scotland from 2008 to 2012 as a result of the financial crisis, peaking at 10% of the working population in 2012. Since then the rates have dropped in most cities with the exception of Aberdeen. In 2020, the undermeployment rate in Scottish cities was between 8 to 10%.


Underemployment includes all employed persons aged 16 and over who were willing to work additional hours, meaning that they:

  • wanted another job in addition to their current job(s), or
  • wanted another job with more hours instead of their current job(s), or
  • wanted to increase the total number of hours worked in their current job(s).

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