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The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated November 2011
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people were employed in the construction industry in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
The Business Register Employment Survey (BRES) and it predecessor, the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI), are the most comprehensive sources of employee estimates at a detailed regional and geographical level. Both BRES and the ABI provide employee estimates based on business survey data collected on a specific reference date during each year.
I attach a table showing the numbers of employees engaged in the construction sector in Jarrow parliamentary constituency (available from 2003 onwards only), South Tyneside county district, the North East region and Great Britain from the earliest year available (1998) to the most recent (2010). Unfortunately, a time series is not available for the UK.
|Count of employees 1998 to 2008 (ABI)|
|Jarrow (parliamentary constituency available from2003 onwards)||South Tyneside||North East||Great Britain|
|Notes: 1. ABI 2006 discontinuity. Estimates for 2005 and earlier are on a different basis to those from 2006 onwards, mainly due to a change in the survey reference date from December to September. Users should avoid directly comparing employment estimates over the discontinuity, which has been marked on the table with a blank row. 2. ABI 2003 Geographic discontinuity. The 2003 ABI data for aggregate areas is based on 2003 CAS wards which differs from previous years ABI data which was build from 1991 census wards. This will give rise to discontinuities when comparing 2003 data with previous years. 3. ABI 2003 Industrial discontinuity. The 2003 ABI data is based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2003 which differs from previous years ABI data. This may give rise to discontinuities.|
|Count of employees 2008 to 2010 (BRES)|
|Jarrow||South Tyneside||North East||Great Britain|
|Note: Care should be taken when comparing the results from BRES with those from ABI as BRES uses different methodology for calculating the estimates and is based on SIC 2007 rather than SIC 2003.|