Knowledge Economy and Technology: Employment

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 15th March 2021.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the the geographical spread of technology and knowledge economy jobs by region of the UK.

Photo of Amanda Solloway Amanda Solloway Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There is no single accepted definition of knowledge economy jobs. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes workforce jobs by region and industry in its JOBS05 dataset, and more detail is available through Nomis official labour market statistics at :https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/.

Separately the ONS publishes a country and region breakdown of business R&D employment in table 18 of the annual release on research and development performed in UK businesses (BERD). The rounded aggregate figures for 2019 were:

Full time equivalent

Total

United Kingdom

263,000

North East

6,000

North West

20,000

Yorkshire and the Humber

14,000

East Midlands

20,000

West Midlands

26,000

East of England

42,000

London

31,000

South East

50,000

South West

22,000

England

232,000

Wales

7,000

Scotland

15,000

Northern Ireland

9,000

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