Employment Deprivation

Employment Deprivation across Glasgow neighbourhoodsEmp Dep Glasg NH SIMD 2020

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16.3% of Glasgow's working age adults are employment deprived.  Across Glasgow’s 56 neighbourhoods there is an eight-fold variation in employment deprivation, which ranges from 3.9% of the working age population in Kelvindale & Kelvinside to 31.6% in Parkhead & Dalmarnock.

Further information on neighbourhoods in Glasgow are available in our profile section.


Employment deprivation, as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), is a measure of the percentage of the working age population (men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-60) who are on the claimant count, those who receive Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Severe Disablement Allowance, and Universal Credit claimants who are not in employment.

SIMD – Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation provides a relative measure of deprivation based on indicators from 7 domains – income, employment, health, education, access, housing, crime. The index identifies multiple deprivation for 6505 small areas (data zones) across Scotland.  There have been six versions of SIMD to date. The initial index of 2004 (SIMD 2004) has been revised five times in 2006 (SIMD 2006), 2009 (SIMD 2009), 2012 (SIMD 2012), 2016 (SIMD 2016) and 2020 (SIMD 2020).  For more information go to the SIMD site.

Additional Resources

  • Resource
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    SIMD Analysis: Future Projections

    An analysis of the reasons behind the recent decline of deprivation in Glasgow, with tend projections towards 2015.
  • Resource
    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
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