Perth City Economy

The city is home to many nationwide companies including SSE, Stagecoach and Aviva. The city’s Invest in Perth Strategy is aimed at promoting Perth as a great city to set up businesses, emphasising its central location and good transport links with the rest of Scotland. Perth has a dock in the south of the city where a number of heavy industries are based. To the north of the city is Almondbank Industrial Estate is home to a diverse range of business units.

The city centre is home to many independent shops and cafes as well as national department and clothing stores.

Claimant Counts

Perth City has a lower level of people claiming out of work benefits compared to the rest of Scotland. However in Perth City Centre and North the rate is higher than the rest of Perth and Kinross. The Perth City Centre and Perth City North wards have a highest rates of people claiming these benefits in Perth and Kinross. There are 530 of 16-64 year olds claiming this benefit 53% of this group are aged 25-49 years of age, 26% are aged between 16-24 and 21% are 50+.

AreaClaimant Count (October 2017)Claimant as a proportion of residents aged 16-64
Perth City Centre2302.2%
Perth City North2201.9%
Perth City South600.7%
Perth and Kinross9551.1%



OccupationPerth City CentrePerth City NorthPerth City SouthPerth & KinrossScotland
All people aged 16 to 74 in employment7,6508,8127,03272,3042,516,895
1. Managers, directors and senior officials7.9%6.0%10.1%10.5%8.4%
2. Professional occupations13.8%9.7%21.2%16.4%16.8%
3. Associate professional and technical occupations10.9%11.2%14.8%12.4%12.6%
4. Administrative and secretarial occupations9.5%10.0%13.3%10.0%11.4%
5. Skilled trades occupations12.4%13.2%9.9%14.1%12.5%
6. Caring, leisure and other service occupations9.1%10.8%7.4%8.9%9.7%
7. Sales and customer service occupations13.2%14.8%10.0%9.3%9.3%
8. Process, plant and machine operatives6.2%7.8%5.0%6.4%7.7%
9. Elementary occupations17.0%16.4%8.3%12.1%11.6%


AreaPerth CityPerth & KinrossScotland               
A. Agriculture, forestry and fishing0.9%3.8%1.7%
B. Mining and quarrying0.3%0.5%1.4%
C. Manufacturing5.6%6.1%8.0%
D. Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply4.3%2.7%0.8%
E. Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities1.6%1.0%0.8%
F. Construction8.2%8.8%8.0%
G. Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles17.8%15.6%15.0%
H. Transport and storage4.8%3.9%5.0%
I. Accommodation and food service activities7.5%8.6%6.3%
J. Information and communication1.4%1.7%2.7%
K. Financial and insurance activities5.2%4.0%4.5%
L. Real estate activities1.0%1.3%1.2%
M. Professional, scientific and technical activities3.6%4.4%5.2%
N. Administrative and support service activities3.9%3.8%4.3%
O. Public administration and defence, compulsory social security6.4%5.9%7.0%
P. Education6.6%8.0%8.4%
Q. Human health and social work activities15.4%14.4%15.0%
R, S, T, U. Other5.6%5.5%4.9%

Fairer Working Lives

The Fairness Commission heard from the people of P&K that having a job has wider benefits than earning a wage; it provides people with a sense of purpose, friends and a sense of community, and the opportunity to develop as an individual. Although unemployment in P&K is low, 1 in 10 working age households receive some kind of benefit. In-work poverty is a growing issue, with average earnings 9% lower than the rest of Scotland. This is in part due to the seasonal and low paid nature of P&K’s dominant industries; tourism, hospitality and agriculture.

The uptake of early earning and childcare is high (95%) but the commissioners heard that it is not as flexible as it needs to be. The costs of full time childcare are unsustainable for those in low paid employment. They also found that there needs to be more recognition of unpaid experience such as caring responsibilities and volunteering amongst recruiters.


Useful Links

PK Economic Journal

Skills Development Scotland – PK data

NOMIS- Labour Market Profile