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Factfile - Economy

Introduction

The Highlands and Islands has benefited from EU funding under the Highlands and Islands Convergence Programme 2007-13 and from the period 2014-20 it will continue to receive European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds as a Transition Region which is an area with between 75-90% of EU27 average GDP. Click here for a current Economic Profile of the Outer Hebrides.

2011 Census Results


Of the 20,234 people aged 16 to 74, 39% (Scot.avg. 40%) are economically active full-time employees, while 15% (Scot.avg. 13%) are economically active, part-time employees. 10% (Scot.avg. 7%) are self-employed, while 4% (Scot.avg. 5%) of the economically active are unemployed. 18% (Scot.avg. 15%) are retired.

20% of the 13,363 people in the Outer Hebrides aged 16 to 74 in employment are employed in the Skilled trades occupations. This is the second highest in Scotland, Orkney had the highest at 22%. The lowest percentage, (1%) are employed in the ‘Protective Services occupations’, while Moray had the highest percentage in the ‘Protective Services occupations’ (7%). ‘Skilled trades occupations’ along with ‘professional occupations’ was the largest category of occupation in almost every council area.

Of the 7,051 males aged 16 to 74 in employment 34% are employed in the ‘skilled trades occupations’, while 3% are employed in ‘caring, leisure and other services occupations’ and 3% are employed in ‘administrative and secretarial occupations’. The majority of men, 21%, the highest in Scotland, are employed in the Construction industries.

Of the 6,312 females aged 16 to 74 in employment 22% are employed in ‘Caring, leisure and other service occupations’ while 1% are employed in’ Process, plant and machine operatives’. The majority of women, 32%, the highest percentage in Scotland, are employed in the ‘human health and social work activities industries’,

The Outer Hebrides is the 8th highest Local Authority with people aged 16 and over with no qualifications at 30%.

The Outer Hebrides had the 4th highest percentage (9%) of people aged 16 to 74 working full time for 60 or more hours, Orkney had the highest at 11%

Sectors

The following tables give details of the industries that people in the Outer Hebrides were working in at the 2011 Census by total persons, males and females.

Industry of Employment People

 All People

Industry of Employment

Industry in the Outer Hebrides                   2011 Census
No. of Residents Outer Hebrides % Scotland %
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 644 4.8 2.0
Mining and quarrying 221 1.7 1.4
Manufacturing 704 5.3 7.7
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 62 0.5 0.8
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 121 0.9 0.8
Construction 1,524 11.4 8.0
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1,536 11.5 15.0
Transport and storage 1,007 7.5 5.0
Accommodation and food service activities 826 6.2 6.3
Information and communication 323 2.4 2.7
Financial and insurance activities 116 0.9 4.5
Real estate activities 122 0.9 1.2
Professional, scientific and technical activities 486 3.6 5.2
Administrative and support service activities 405 3.0 4.3
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 1,040 7.8 7.0
Education 1,319 9.9 8.4
Human health and social work activities 2,390 17.9 15.0
R, S, T, U. Other * 517 3.9 4.9

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Industry of Employment Males
 Males

Industry of Employment
Industry in the Outer Hebrides                                           2011 Census
No. of Residents Outer Hebrides % Scotland %
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 584 8.3 3.0
Mining and quarrying 214 3.0 2.2
Manufacturing 518 7.3 11.2
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 55 0.8 1.1
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 110 1.6 1.2
Construction 1,453 20.6 14.0
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 799 11.3 14.3
Transport and storage 815 11.6 7.8
Accommodation and food service activities 269 3.8 5.2
Information and communication 173 2.5 3.5
Financial and insurance activities 41 0.6 4.0
Real estate activities 64 0.9 1.0
Professional, scientific and technical activities 320 4.5 5.5
Administrative and support service activities 229 3.2 4.6
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 466 6.6 6.9
Education 338 4.8 4.7
Human health and social work activities 364 5.2 5.7
R, S, T, U. Other* 239 3.4 3.9

 

Industry of Employment Females

Females

Industry of Employment

Industry in the Outer Hebrides                                           2011 Census
No. of Residents Outer Hebrides % Scotland %
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 60 1.0 1.0
Mining and quarrying 7 0.1 0.5
Manufacturing 186 2.9 4.0
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 7 0.1 0.5
Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 11 0.2 0.2
Construction 71 1.1 1.6
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 737 11.7 15.6
Transport and storage 192 3.0 2.0
Accommodation and food service activities 557 8.8 7.4
Information and communication 150 2.4 1.9
Financial and insurance activities 75 1.2 5.0
Real estate activities 58 0.9 1.3
Professional, scientific and technical activities 166 2.6 4.9
Administrative and support service activities 176 2.8 4.0
Public administration and defence, compulsory social security 574 9.1 7.0
Education 981 15.5 12.4
Human health and social work activities 2,026 32.1 24.8
R, S, T, U. Other* 278 4.4 5.9

  • R Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
    S Other Service Activities
    T Activities of Households as Employers
    U Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies

Further information available from ONS on UK Standard Industrial Classification 2007 at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/classifications/current-standard-classifications/standard-industrial-classification/index.html .

 

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