Employment

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f) non-EU nationals (i) aged over 16 years and (ii) of working age were in employment in the UK in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change in each such category was in each of the last 12 quarters.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Minister of State (Third Sector), Cabinet Office, Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Third Sector)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 5 February 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f) non-EU nationals (i) aged over 16 years and (ii) of working age were in employment in the UK in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change in each such category was in each of the last 12 quarters. 315707

The information requested is shown in the attached table. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

The figures in the table are derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in autumn 2007. They are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistical Bulletin, which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Employment levels and rates for people aged over 16 years in employment( 1, 2 ) by nationality and country of birth. Three months ending March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009. United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Thousand and percentage
Aged over 16 years
UK nationals Rate Annual % change in level UK born Rate Annual % change in level Foreign nationals Rate Annual % change in level
2006 Q4 27,142 60 0 25,830 60 0 2,008 62 3
2007 Q1 26,953 60 0 25,622 60 -1 2,021 61 13
2007 Q2 26,949 60 0 25,616 60 0 2,143 62 14
2007 Q3 27,219 60 0 25,825 60 0 2,152 63 10
2007 Q4 27,271 60 0 25,878 60 0 2,208 63 10
2008 Q1 27,141 60 1 25,755 60 1 2,290 64 13
2008 Q2 27,167 60 1 25,759 60 1 2,304 63 8
2008 Q3 27,203 60 0 25,799 60 0 2,323 64 8
2008 Q4 27,050 59 -1 25,612 60 -1 2,385 64 8
2009 Q1 26,763 59 -1 25,308 59 -2 2,357 63 3
2009 Q2 26,552 58 -2 25,130 58 -2 2,315 62 0
2009 Q3(5) 26,762 58 *-2 25,350 59 *-2 2,277 63 *-2
Thousand and percentage
Aged over 16 years
Non-UK EU nationals Rate Annual % change in level EU A8 nationals( 4) Rate Annual % change in level Non-EU nationals Rate Annual % change in level
2006 Q4 856 66 10 345 80 16 1,152 60 -3
2007 Q1 922 67 25 370 80 53 1,098 57 4
2007 Q2 989 68 35 431 81 71 1,154 58 1
2007 Q3 991 69 28 430 82 44 1,161 59 -2
2007 Q4 1,029 70 20 469 83 36 1,180 58 2
2008 Q1 1,087 70 18 500 82 35 1,203 59 10
2008 Q2 1,085 70 10 499 83 16 1,219 58 6
2008 Q3 1,070 70 8 504 83 17 1,253 59 8
2008 Q4 1,077 69 5 470 80 0 1,308 60 11
2009 Q1 1,122 69 3 500 81 0 1,236 59 3
2009 Q2 1,107 68 2 501 81 0 1,208 57 -1
2009 Q3(5) 1,090 69 *2 484 82 **-4 1,187 58 *-5
Employment levels and rates for people of working age( 3) in employment( 1, 2 ) by nationality and country of birth. Three months ending March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009. United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted
Thousand and percentage
Working age( 3)
UK nationals Rate Annual % change in level UK born Rate Annual % change in level Foreign nationals Rate Annual % change in level
2006 Q4 25,991 75 0 24,744 76 0 1,962 69 3
2007 Q1 25,794 75 -1 24,529 75 -1 1,978 67 12
2007 Q2 25,784 75 -1 24,508 75 -1 2,103 68 15
2007 Q3 26,023 75 0 24,694 76 -1 2,113 69 10
2007 Q4 26,050 76 0 24,718 76 0 2,173 68 11
2008 Q1 25,870 75 0 24,547 75 0 2,254 69 14
2008 Q2 25,882 75 0 24,532 75 0 2,266 69 8
2008 Q3 25,928 75 0 24,580 76 0 2,279 69 8
2008 Q4 25,749 75 -1 24,372 75 -1 2,342 69 8
2009 Q1 25,454 74 -2 24,067 74 -2 2,313 69 3
2009 Q2 25,227 73 -3 23,881 73 -3 2,268 67 0
2009 Q3(5) 25,416 73 *-2 24,082 74 *-2 2,227 68 *-2
Thousand and percentage
Working age( 3)
Non-UK EU nationals Rate Annual % change in level EU A8 nationals( 4) Rate Annual % change in level Non-EU nationals Rate Annual % change in level
2006 Q4 828 77 10 344 82 16 1,134 64 -2
2007 Q1 897 77 25 368 81 53 1,080 60 3
2007 Q2 969 77 36 431 82 71 1,134 62 1
2007 Q3 969 78 29 430 84 45 1,144 62 -1
2007 Q4 1,010 79 22 469 84 36 1,163 61 3
2008 Q1 1,068 79 19 500 83 36 1,186 62 10
2008 Q2 1,065 79 10 498 84 16 1,201 62 6
2008 Q3 1,045 79 8 504 84 17 1,234 63 8
2008 Q4 1,052 77 4 470 81 0 1,290 63 11
2009 Q1 1,097 78 3 500 83 0 1,215 62 2
2009 Q2 1,078 77 1 500 82 0 1,190 60 -1
2009 Q3(5) 1,060 77 *1 483 83 **-4 1,168 62 *-5
(1) Includes self-employed and unpaid family workers.

(2) Excludes those whose nationality was not known.

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

(4) EU A8 comprises Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

(5) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below:

Guide to Quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV-for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

Key Coefficient of Variation (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

Note:

The above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.).

Source:

Labour Force Survey

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