Date lodged: 21 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many women are employed in the retail sector, and, of these, how many are in senior, not shop floor, managerial positions, and how many are retail business owners, also expressed as a percentage of total employment in retail.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 6 December 2018
In July 2017 to June 2018 it is estimated: 146,000 women are employed in the retail sector in Scotland, accounting for 59.5% of all employment in the sector.
Of the 146,000 women employed in retail :
12,000 women are employed as ‘Managers, directors and senior officials’, 5.0% of all employed in retail
10,000 were employed in ‘Associate professional and Technical’ occupations 4.0% of all employed in retail
6,000 women were employed in ‘Professional Occupations’, 2.4% of all employed in retail.
The following table shows number of women employed in the retail sector by occupation and as a percentage of the retail sector workforce.
9,000 women employed in retail were self employed, 3.8% of all employed in the retail sector.
Information on number of women who are female retail business owners are not held centrally.
Table: Number of women and percentage of total employment in the retail sector by occupation
Percentage of total retail employment
Managers, Directors and Senior
Associate Professional and Technical
Administrative and Secretarial
Sales and Customer Services
Total women employed in Retail
Source: Annual Population Survey July 2017 to June 2018
1. Classification of employment in the retail sector is based on self-reported industry classified in Standard Industrial Classification 2007 47 Retail.
2. Occupation code is based on self-reported Occupation classification 2010.
3. Total retail employment includes women and men employed in SIC 2007 47. Retail