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S5W-08745: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the employment rate for people with mental health problems was in comparison to the general population in each year from 2010 to 2015.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 27 April 2017

Information sourced from the Annual Population Survey in Table 1 shows the employment rate for the working age population overall, and also for those reporting health problems related to mental health.

Those reporting health problems related to mental health in these data are defined as those who responded to the APS reporting:

  • that they had a physical or mental health condition or illness lasting or expecting to last 12 months or more; and,

  • that their main health problem was either ‘Depression, bad nerves or anxiety’ or ‘Mental illness or suffer from a phobia, panics or other nervous disorders’.

Data is provided for the period between 2010 and 2016, with 2016 being the most recent data available.

Table 1: Employment rate (aged 16-64) for Scotland and for people whose main health problem was related to mental health

Year

Employment rate (Scotland)

Employment rate (for those with mental health problems)

2010

71.0%

27.9%

2011

70.5%

26.9%

2012

70.5%

28.7%

2013

70.8%

30.6%

2014

72.6%

37.7%

2015

73.1%

38.8%

2016

72.9%

39.0%

Source: Annual Population Survey, ONS (January to December in each year)