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Biotechnology

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of John Glen John Glen Conservative, Salisbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in each region and constituent part of the UK which are supported by the life science industry.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are no published official statistics on the regional distribution of life science industry jobs. The table below includes an estimate of employment in 2013 in companies active in three “health life science” sectors: Medical Biotechnology, Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals, by region and by constituent part of the UK, obtained from the Bioscience and Health Technology company database used by the Office for Life Sciences. The figures are based on locations of active sites for which employment figures can be obtained. They do not include those employed by public or third sector organisations nor employment in companies whose main activity falls outside life sciences, including indirect suppliers to the sector.

Number of employees in health life science industry ‘000s 2013

East Midlands

9.5

East of England

28.8

Greater London

13.6

North East England

7.1

North West England

17.0

South East England

36.8

South West England

8.2

West Midlands

14.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

13.5

England total

149.0

Northern Ireland

4.3

Scotland

11.5

Wales

9.1

UK Total

173.9

Source: Bioscience and Health Technology database, an annual summary of the data was published as “Strength and Opportunity 2013, the landscape of the medical technology, medical biotechnology, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors in the UK”

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