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Rural Areas - Employment by Size of Business

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: October 2018

Employment by Size of Business

The chart below shows that Small and Medium Enterprises (0-249 employees) account for two thirds of businesses in remote rural areas compared to 59% in accessible rural areas and just over a third in the rest of Scotland. Micro businesses (0-9 employees) are particularly prevalent in remote rural and accessible rural areas (37% and 31% respectively). This compares to only 13% in the rest of Scotland.

Large businesses (250+ employees) account for 41% of those employed in the rest of Scotland, 26% in accessible rural areas and 18% in remote rural areas.

Employment by size of firm and in the public sector by geographic area, 2017

RSKF 2018 - Employment by Size of Business

Source: Inter Departmental Business Register, as at March 2017

(Using Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2016)

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