Participation vs UK
Progress against the first part of the target (To maintain our position on labour market participation as the top performing country in the UK) is measured using the Labour Force Survey (LFS). LFS data are collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are available from 1992.
For comparisons within the UK, this indicator is calculated as the proportion of people aged 16 to 64 in employment.
Headline data from the Labour Force Survey are published each month on a rolling 3 month basis by the Office for National Statistics. This data is seasonally adjusted.
The Labour Market Statistics First Release published by ONS contains a regional labour market summary, including data to measure employment rates by country - Table A07.
Data for comparing Scotland's performance against the OECD countries are taken from the OECD web site based on the European Labour Force Survey data used in the Employment Outlook publication. The Scottish and UK data are sourced from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and data for the other OECD members are taken from the OECD website.
For international comparisons, this indicator is calculated as the proportion of people aged 15 to 64 in employment.
For international comparisons the source used for the Scottish and UK data is the Annual Population Survey. Data from the Annual Population Survey (APS) are published on a quarterly basis by the Office for National Statistics. A publication of headline figures from the APS is published in spring/summer each year by the Scottish Government covering the period January to December of the previous year. This data is not seasonally adjusted.
Reweighted data for the Annual Population Survey (APS) was published in June 2017.
Data are also published on the National Online Manpower Information System
(NOMIS) website (www.nomisweb.co.uk)
Data for the other OECD members are published on the OECD website,