Employment Level

Treasury written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) total employment rate and (b) total full-time employment rate in the (i) 10 local authority areas and (ii) 10 local authority wards in the UK with the (A) highest and (B) lowest employment rates for the latest year for which information is available.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 March 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the (a) total employment rate and (b) total full-time employment rate in the (i) 10 local authority areas and (ii) 10 local authority wards in the UK with the (A) highest and (B) lowest employment rates for the latest year for which information is available. (124620)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of employment for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1, attached, shows employment rates, for persons of working age, for the 10 local authorities, in Great Britain, with the highest employment rates and the ten authorities with the lowest rates for the 12 months ending in June 2006 from the APS. Table 1 also shows the number of persons, aged 16 and over, in full-time and part-time employment expressed as a proportion of the total number of employed persons aged 16 and over.

As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.

Table 2, attached, shows employment rates for persons of working age for persons of working age for the ten wards, in Great Britain, with the highest employment rates and the ten wards with the lowest rates from the 2001 Census as reliable ward data is not available from the APS. For clarity, the local authority of the ward is shown. Table 2 also shows the number of persons, aged 16 to 74, in full-time and part-time employment expressed as a proportion of the total number of employed persons aged 16 to 74.

Table 1: Employment rates and the percentages of people working full-time and part-time in the ten highest and ten lowest local authorities; Great Britain; July 2005 to June 2006
Percentage
Proportion of all In employment( 1) aged 16 and over who are
Local authority Working age( 2) employment rate Full-time( 3) Part-time( 3)
Ten highest
South Northamptonshire 91.8 71 29
Blaby 89.0 73 27
Cotswold 88.5 66 34
West Oxfordshire 87.1 71 29
Orkney Islands 86.2 65 35
Surrey Heath 86.1 69 31
Bromsgrove 86.1 72 28
Eden 86.0 72 28
Shetland Islands 86.0 72 28
South Bucks 85.5 71 30
Ten lowest
Barking and Dagenham 62.8 79 20
Birmingham 62.8 74 26
Islington 62.5 86 15
Liverpool 61.1 80 20
Merthyr Tydfil 60.9 74 26
Lambeth 60.2 82 18
Newham 58.6 78 22
West Somerset 58.3 53 47
Hackney 55.7 82 18
Tower Hamlets 54.4 77 23
(1) Includes those who did not state whether they worked full-time or part-time.

(2) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.

(3) Based on respondents' self assessment not on hours worked.

Estimates are subject to sampling variability. Excludes Isles of Scilly.

Source:

Annual Population Survey.

Table 2: Employment rates and the percentages of people working full-time and part-time in the ten highest and ten lowest wards; Great Britain; 2001
Percentage
Proportion of all in employment aged 16 to 74 who are
Ward( 1) Local authority Working age( 2,3 ) Employment rate Full-time( 4) Part-time( 4)
Ten highest
Tresco Isles of Scilly 98 85 15
St. Martin's Isles of Scilly 97 75 25
Walbrook City of London 97 96 4
St. Agnes Isles of Scilly 92 79 21
Donington and Albrighton North Bridgnorth 91 89 11
Brize Norton and Shilton West Oxfordshire 90 88 12
Didcot Ladygrove South Oxfordshire 89 85 15
The Lower Tarrants North Dorset 89 88 12
Bicester South Cherwell 89 85 15
Garelochhead and Cove Argyll and Bute 89 90 10
Ten lowest( 5)
Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey Nottingham 33 61 39
St. Andrews Central Fife 33 51 49
Market Cambridge 31 76 24
Heslington York 31 51 49
Newnham Cambridge 30 71 29
St. Nicholas Durham 29 59 41
Keele Newcastle-under-Lyme 28 44 56
Carfax Oxford 26 73 27
Elvet Durham 22 54 46
Holywell Oxford 12 60 40
(1) Census Area Statistics wards.

(2) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.

(3) Census outputs present full-time students as economically active. In this table they are included as employed.

(4) Full-time is defined as working over 30 hours per week.

(5) These wards have a high proportion of full-time university students.

Source:

2001 Census

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