Domestic Service

Treasury written question – answered on 15th October 2001.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people employed (a) legally and (b) illegally in domestic service in each of the last five years.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Graham Brady, dated October 2001

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question concerning legal and illegal employment in domestic services. (7214)

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides estimates of the total number of people who report themselves in the survey as being employed in domestic service. Figures for each of the last five years are shown in the table.

The LFS does not collect information on whether people are employed legally or illegally.

All persons employed in domestic service(8) United Kingdom March-May 1997 to March-May 2001 not seasonally adjusted
Year Thousand
1997 159
1998 145
1999 138
2000 134
2001 115

(8) People employed in Standard Industrial Classification (1992) division P: Private households with employed person


ONS Labour Force Survey

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