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Summary: Disability and Third Sector

Summary: Disability and Third Sector

  • In 2015, 16% of people employed in the third sector considered themselves to have a disability, compared with 10% in the private sector and 11% in the public sector.

Source: Annual Population Survey 2015 (Published: 2016)

  • In 2016, 26% of people who volunteered had a disability, a long term illness or had both. 

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Volunteering (Last updated: September 2017)


Useful Links

Disability Page

Third Sector Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Third Sector approaches to bridging the distance from the employment market for people with Multiple and Complex Needs (2010) An evidence review on how third sector organisations engage with people who face multiple and complex needs and bridge their distance from the employment market.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Disability Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to disability.



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by disability status


Fututre Developments

Future Developments

  • The Scottish Government website provides information on developments in Scottish Third Sector policy.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Research Organisations

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy - Conducts and promotes high quality research on giving and philanthropy

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - The national membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Produces research on issues effecting third sector organisations

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum - The Scottish Third Sector Research Forum (TSRF) brings together third sector and public sector partners to promote and share research about and from the third sector

Social Enterprise Scotland - Organisation comprising of social enterprises in Scotland.

Third Sector Research Centre - The Third Sector Research Centre works to enhance knowledge through independent and critical research. In collaboration with practitioners, policy makers, and other academics, it explore the key issues affecting charities and voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals.



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