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Vacancies

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 19th October 2010.

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Photo of Duncan Hames Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat, Chippenham

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many of the 467,000 unfilled vacancies identified by the Office for National Statistics vacancy survey in the three months to August 2010 were (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) temporary.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated October 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many of the 467,000 unfilled vacancies identified by the Office for National Statistics vacancy survey in the three months to August 2010 were (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) temporary. (016729)

The Vacancy Survey asks businesses for the number of vacancies that they are actively seeking to fill from outside their organisation. However, it does not collect any information on whether these vacancies are full-time, part-time, permanent or temporary.

An alternative source of vacancy information is administrative data from Jobcentre Plus. This source has partial coverage, only collecting information on vacancies that are registered with Jobcentre Plus. In August 2010, Jobcentre Plus had 280,000 unfilled vacancies in their system, of which 75% were full-time and 25% part-time. Information is not available on how many of the vacancies related to permanent or temporary work.

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

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 28 Nov 2010 10:06 pm (Report this annotation)

This answer shows up a substantial flaw in the Office for National Statistics vacancy survey. We appear to be spending public money collecting essentially worthless data. If the statistics do not differentiate between a full time job and a job for one hour a week what use are they?


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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk