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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


East of England


Greater London


North East England


North West England


South East England


South West England


West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber


England total


Northern Ireland






UK Total


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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