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Music: Staff

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the music industry in (a) each parliamentary constituency in Glasgow, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in each of the last five years.

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 Glen Watson, dated July 2013

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question to the Minister for the Cabinet Office asking the number of people employed in the music industry in (a) each parliamentary constituency in Glasgow, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in each of the last five years.

Annual employment statistics from.2008 onwards are available from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES). Table 1 below contains estimates of the number employed in businesses considered to be part of the music industry for the areas requested between 2008 and 2011. Estimates for Great Britain have been given instead of the UK, as UK information is not readily available for these breakdowns. Employment information prior to 2008 is available from the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI), but the ABI cannot provide the breakdowns required to answer this question. Employment information for 2012 will be published in September 2013.

The music industry has been defined as comprising of the following industries taken from the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2007:

18.20/1—Reproduction of sound recording

46.43/1—Wholesale of gramophone records, audio tapes, compact discs and video tapes and of the equipment on which these are played

47.63—Retail sale of music and video recordings in specialised stores

59.20—Sound recording and music publishing activities

Table 1: Employment in the music industry for specified geographies: 2008 to 2011
Area 2008 2009 2010 2011
Glasgow Central constituency 100 200 200 100
Glasgow East constituency * * * *
Glasgow North constituency 0 0 0 0
Glasgow North East constituency * * * *
Glasgow North West constituency 0 0 * *
Glasgow South constituency * * 0 0
Glasgow South West constituency * * 100 *
Glasgow City local authority 200 300 300 200
Scotland 800 900 1,000 700
Great Britain 24,700 20,400 18,000 19,000
Notes: 1. Cells containing an asterisk (*) represent disclosive data that cannot be published. 2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. 3. There is a small discontinuity between the 2008 and 2009 results due to a difference in the way that directors of limited companies are treated in the results.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:


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