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.

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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? – Demographics

In 2018, the NRS estimated that around 11000 Fifers are non-British, of which around 7000 are from the EU and 4000 are non-EU nationals.

Fife has a relatively low proportion of people from minority groups (2.4%), compared to Glasgow City at 12% or the City of Edinburgh and in Aberdeen City where it was at 8%.

In 2016, 47% of the adult population were estimated as being followers of a Christian religion (Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic and Other Christian). Since 2012, there has been an increase in the proportion of adults reporting not belonging to a religion, from 40% in 2009 to just under a half of adults (49%) in 2016. There has also been a corresponding decrease in the proportion reporting belonging to ‘Church of Scotland’, from 32% to 26%.

Did you know? – Education

Fife’s pupil minority ethnic mix is 4.6% for primary 3.8% for secondary and 5.2% for special schools. By contrast, Glasgow schools are about five times more diverse.

In terms of achievement, minority ethnic groups tend to have high levels of education, with attainment being consistently high for Asian-Chinese pupils with 90.3% achieving SCQF6 or higher, with the ethnic group of those with lowest attainment (55.5% with 1 or more SCQF6) not being disclosed. The national average reduced over the previous year to 61.2% of all leavers.

Data on religion in the education sector focuses on the denomination of the school and not on the religion of pupils or teachers. In September 2016, 17.8% of pupils in publicly funded schools attended a Roman Catholic school. There is no further data at local level.



Did you know? – Employment and living standards

Analysis of the 2011 Census showed that in Scotland, Polish people had the highest rates of work at 86%, while the least likely were Arab (45%), Gypsy/Travellers, Arab and Chinese people were the least likely to be in work (noting that those groups include high proportions of students). African people were most likely to be unemployed (15%), followed by Caribbean or Black people (11%) and Gypsy/Travellers (9%)

Data for Scotland between 2007-2017 shows that people from minority ethnic groups tend to be more likely to be in poverty both beforeand after housing costs. The Asian-Chinese ethnic group has a 41% relative poverty rate before housing costs and 51% after. 43% of this group is also in severe poverty after housing costs. There is no further breakdown of poverty in relation to ethnicity available at local level.

As in education, there is no dedicated local data on religion and employment conditions at local level at this time. At national level a change over the past year (2017-2018) in employment rates of -18.8% for people of Buddhist and of -5.3% forpeople of Hindu religions.

Did you know? – Health and mental health

In terms of outpatient admissions, in 2017, 81.2% of were from white ethnic groups, 2.8% from minority ethnic and 16% were not know.

Overall minority ethnic groups tend to record a lower proportion of people with an on-going health problem or disability than the national figure (20%).

The 2011 census does not directly report on the self-assessed health by religion, but some approximation may be had by the 2001 census.Muslim and Sikh women were more likely than women in other groups to report poor health, though the number of respondents in older age groups was small and the figures in these groups should be interpreted cautiously. Muslim, Roman Catholic and Sikh men were more likely than men from the general population to report poor health.