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Private and Public Sector: Females

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the proportion of people working in the (a) private sector and (b) public sector in Wales; and what proportion are female in each case.

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 December 2011

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the proportion of people working in the (a) private sector and (b) public sector in Wales; and what proportion are female in each case.

Public Sector employment statistics for local areas can be calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS). Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey.

Table 1 shows the proportion of people employed in public and private sector in Wales and the proportion of those employed in the public and private sector who are female. The figures have been provided from the APS for the 12 month periods April 2010 to March 2011, the latest period for which figures are available.

Table 1: Proportion of people employed in (a) public and (b) private sector in Wales and proportion of those employed in public and private sector who are female—April 2010 to March 2011
Proportion (%)
Public Private
Wales 31.2 68.8
of which female 64.1 40.2
Source: Annual Population Survey

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

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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