Last updated
20 Jan 2022

Have you ever done any paid work?

How do I answer this question?

If you have done paid work between 21 March 2021 and 20 March 2022, select ‘Yes, in the last 12 months’.

If you were away from paid work on furlough between 21 March 2021 and 20 March 2022, select ‘Yes, in the last 12 months’.

If you have done paid work before 21 March 2021, and not since, select ‘Yes, but not in the last 12 months’.

If you have never worked, or only ever worked in voluntary or unpaid jobs, select ‘No, have never worked’.

Do I count work I have been paid for outside of the UK?

Yes, include work you have been paid to do outside of the UK.

I have done some voluntary work. How do I answer this question?

This question is about paid employment. If you have only ever worked in voluntary or unpaid jobs, select ‘No, have never worked’.

What is meant by voluntary work?

This includes any unpaid activity that involves spending time doing something that aims to benefit society and the community, the environment or individuals or groups other than close relatives.

I am retired. Do I need to answer this question?

Yes, it is important for retired people to answer the questions about qualifications and work. This is so we can gather information about education and employment for everyone living in Scotland.

Many people continue working or studying beyond traditional retirement ages. This means there is more demand for this information to help design services.

Why is this question asked?

This question collects information on the reasons why people are not in employment. The information helps central and local government to understand the labour market and to inform housing, transport and employment policies.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered for everybody aged 16 or over who is not currently in paid work.

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