Employment

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of employed people in each constituency in Greater Manchester work in (a) the public sector, (b) the private sector, and (c) the voluntary sector.

Photo of Baroness Crawley Baroness Crawley Government Whip

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 2 February 2010.

Dear Lord Bradley,

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Question asking what percentage of employed people in each constituency in Greater Manchester work in (a) the public sector, (b) the private sector, and (c) the voluntary sector. [HL1781]

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

Individuals are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the APS. Consequently, the classification of an individual's sector may differ from how they would be classified in the national accounts. Estimates of persons working in the voluntary sector are not available from the APS.

Table 1 shows the number and percentage of persons employed in the public and private sectors in each constituency in Greater Manchester from the APS for the period July 2008 to June 2009. As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in table 1.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count, are available on the NOMIS website at http://www.nomisweb.co.uk.

Table 1: Number and percentage of persons in employment in the public and private sectors, resident in Parliamentary Constituencies in Greater Manchester, July 2008 to June 2009
Private Public
Number1 (thousands) per cent Number1 (thousands) per cent
Altrincham and Sale West 36** 78 10*** 22
Ashton under Lyne 30** 77 9*** 23
Bolton North East 24*** 77 7*** 23
Bolton South East 30** 71 12*** 29
Bolton West 31** 72 12*** 28
Bury North 32** 74 11*** 26
Bury South 31** 75 10*** 25
Cheadle 30** 77 9*** 23
Denton and Reddish 35** 78 10*** 22
Eccles 32** 73 12*** 27
Hazel Grove 26** 74 9*** 26
Heywood and Middleton 33** 75 11*** 25
Leigh 31** 75 10*** 25
Makerfield 31** 75 11*** 25
Manchester, Blackley 30*** - -**** -
Manchester Central 27*** 70 12*** 30
Manchester, Gorton 27*** - -**** -
Manchester, Withington 33*** 69 15*** 31
Oldham East and Saddleworth 34** 72 13*** 28
Oldham West and Royton 30** 74 10*** 26
Rochdale 31** 74 11*** 26
Salford 24** 78 6*** 22
Stalybridge and Hyde 30** 74 11*** 26
Stockport 32** 72 12*** 28
Stretford and Urmston 28** 74 10*** 26
Wigan 32** 76 10*** 24
Worsley 34** 77 10*** 23
Wythenshawe and Sale East 45** 80 11*** 20
Source: Annual Population Survey - Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes
1 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below.

Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate. The smaller the CV value, the higher the quality.

Coefficient of Variation
Key (CV) ( %) Statistical Robustness
* 0 CV < 5 Estimates are considered precise.
** 5 CV < 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise.
*** 10 CV < 20 Estimates are considered acceptable.
**** CV 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

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