Our Equality in Fife statistical report is designed to assist organisations, individuals and groups of all sectors in their commitment to the Equality Act 2010 and more importantly their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.

Click the link below to download our JULY 2019 report:

As part of the report, we have produced a series of fact sheets covering some interesting facts about each of the protected characteristics.


Did you know? – Population and Demographics

The population estimate in mid-2018 for the total population of Fife is 371910, equivalent to 6.8% of the population of Scotland. In 2018, there were more females (51.4%) than males (48.6%) living in Fife.

In terms of overall size, the 45 to 64 age group was the largest in 2018, with a population of 104,664.

Did you know? – Children and Young People

The percentage of children who live in families with limited resources after housing costs in Fife at 20.8%, closely aligned to the national average (20.7%). Housing costs accounted for a difference of 2.8% in number of families in poverty.

Despite being the most highly educated generation in history, young people still systemically struggle in the labour market. This is a consistent pattern in Fife and at the national level10. The claimant count is high locally across all age groups, but this is higher for those aged 18-21 (5.7%) and also in to the 18-24 age group (5.5%).

Did you know? – Working Age

Employment rates of the working age group(16-64)in Fife in 2018wasat 75.2%, just slightly abovethe average acrossScotland (74.1%).The lowest rate of employment is in the 16-24 age group at 57.8%, dropping from 64.9% the previous year.There is not enough data to gauge how many people aged 65 and over are working in Fife.

There was an increase in reported experiences of discrimination in the 16-39 age group from 9% in 2016 to 14% in 2017. Across other age groups this has adjusted to meet the lower national average, e.g. 40-59 age group reported in 2016 a lower experience of discrimination and harassment than Scotland on average (2% vs 7%) and by 2017 this was identical at 6%.

Did you know? – Older People

The Scottish Justice and Crime Survey (SCJS) reported that between 2016-2018, people in Fife were slightly less likely to be worried aboutinsulted, pestered or intimidated on the basis of age than nationally (1.1% vs 2.6%).

The 2011 census reports 34,828 carers in Fife, which at 9.5% of the population is directly comparable to the national average (9.3%), along with other trends that are also similar: the majority of carers are female (59.3%), employed (51.9%) and 19.9% are aged 65 or over, with 5.4% of Fifers aged 65+ care for over 35 hours a week. A higher proportion of males ages 50-64 provide care in Fife compared to Scotland (36.9% vs 34.9%).

Did you know? – Health and Life Expectancy

In Fife, life expectancy at birth was higher for females (80.8 years) than for males (77.2 years) in 2015-17.

Looking at trends across the past (2014-2017) Scottish Health Surveys, adults in Fife tend to follow the national health profile with 72% reporting Very Good/Good health (vs 74% nationally) and 8% reporting Bad/Very bad health (vs 8% nationally). Mental health and wellbeing scores in Fife follow closely the national average with a mean value of 25 on the WEMWBS