Kinross-shire: Economy

The locality is close to key transport has good roads to Perth and Edinburgh. The locality also boasts a rich agricultural heritage with many farms and other small business, and a thriving tourism industry.

Agriculture is important in this rural locality, primarily arable and mixed farms. The town of Kinross is also home to a manufacturer of fuel storage tanks. The knitwear industry was once a major employer in the locality, although a fraction of its original size today, it still produces high-end goods that are sold internationally.

Tourism is important to the locality, particularly in the Loch Leven area, which receives a quarter of a million visitors each year. Loch Leven National Nature Reserve is known for wildlife and birdwatching, and boasts the RSPB Loch Leven Centre. A Loch Leven Heritage Trail has been developed, circling the loch with cafes and restaurants on the trail. The Historic Loch Leven Castle stands on the island in the centre of the loch.

Claimant Counts

Kinross-shire has a lower level of people claiming out of work benefits compared to the rest of Perth and Kinross.


AreaClaimant Count (October 2017)Claimant as a proportion of residents aged 16-64
Almond and Earn550.8%
Perth and Kinross9551.1%


Employment by Occupation

OccupationAlmond and EarnKinross-shirePerth & KinrossScotland
All people aged 16 to 74 in employment5,7466,28772,3042,516,895
1. Managers, directors and senior officials10.6%13.9%10.5%8.4%
2. Professional occupations20.2%22.3%16.4%16.8%
3. Associate professional and technical occupations13.4%14.1%12.4%12.6%
4. Administrative and secretarial occupations10.8%9.9%10.0%11.4%
5. Skilled trades occupations13.9%12.2%14.1%12.5%
6. Caring, leisure and other service occupations7.8%6.9%8.9%9.7%
7. Sales and customer service occupations7.9%6.5%9.3%9.3%
8. Process, plant and machine operatives6.0%4.9%6.4%7.7%
9. Elementary occupations9.4%9.3%12.1%11.6%

Employment by Industry

AreaKinross-shire, Almond and EarnPerth & KinrossScotland               
A. Agriculture, forestry and fishing4.6%3.8%1.7%
B. Mining and quarrying0.6%0.5%1.4%
C. Manufacturing6.5%6.1%8.0%
D. Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply1.9%2.7%0.8%
E. Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities1.0%1.0%0.8%
F. Construction8.7%8.8%8.0%
G. Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles14.1%15.6%15.0%
H. Transport and storage3.3%3.9%5.0%
I. Accommodation and food service activities5.8%8.6%6.3%
J. Information and communication2.2%1.7%2.7%
K. Financial and insurance activities4.7%4.0%4.5%
L. Real estate activities1.3%1.3%1.2%
M. Professional, scientific and technical activities5.4%4.4%5.2%
N. Administrative and support service activities3.1%3.8%4.3%
O. Public administration and defence, compulsory social security6.8%5.9%7.0%
P. Education10.3%8.0%8.4%
Q. Human health and social work activities14.0%14.4%15.0%
R, S, T, U. Other5.5%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