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Greater London And Brent (Statistics)

Volume 12: debated on Wednesday 11 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest unemployment figures in (a) the Greater London area and (b) the Brent travel-to-work area; if he will give the average period of unemployment and the age breakdown in each case; and what were the figures in May 1979.

[pursuant to his reply, 9 November 1981, c. 16]: The numbers registered as unemployed in Greater London at May 1979 and October 1981 were 134,050 and 339,084, respectively. There is no Brent travel-to-work area but figures are available for the Kilburn, Wembley an Willesden employment office areas which together closely correspond to the London borough of Brent. The numbers registered as unemployed at these offices taken together were 4,517 in May 1979 and 14,293 in October 1981. For Greater London, the median length of time unemployed for those on the register at October 1981 was 23 weeks. The corresponding figure at April 1979—not available for May—was 20 weeks. The attached table gives an age breakdown for these dates. Corresponding information for local areas could be provided only at disproportionate cost.There is likely to have been a substantial number of vacancies in the area not notified to the employment offices and jobcentres. Nationally, the Manpower Services Commission has estimated from a 1977 survey that about a third of vacancies are notified to it.Following is the table:

Numbers registered as unemployed in Greater London
AgeApril-1979October 1981
Under 18 years5,67633,183
18 years4,63817,089
19 years5,31917,843
20–24 years25,36868,796
25–29 years19,64944,507
30–34 years14,50532,988
35–44 years20,06844,247
45–49 years8,99719,304
50–54 years9,16019,160
55–59 years10,57020,713
60 years and over13,18921,254
Total, all ages137,139339,084


The figures in the lower age ranges for October include summer school leavers and are likely to be higher than for early months in the year.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list by trade and occupation the registered vacancies in (a) the Greater London area and (b) the Brent travel-to-work area in May 1979 and at the latest available date in 1981, respectively.

[pursuant to his reply, 9 November 1981, c.16]: The following table gives an analysis by broad occupational groups of the numbers of notified vacancies remaining unfilled in Greater London at June 1979 and September 1981. The figures which are available quarterly, relate to vacancies notified to employment offices but not to careers offices. Corresponding information for local areas could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Vacancies notified to employment offices are estimated to be about one-third of all vacancies in the economy as a whole. The number of vacancies unfilled at a particular date takes no account of the flow of vacancies being notified, filled or withdrawn during the preceding month, which would reflect activity more closely. For example during the 12 month period to September 210,840 people were placed in jobs by employment offices in Greater London. It is estimated that the public employment service accounts for about one in four of all placings.

Following is the table:

June 1979

September 1981

Managerial occupations (general management)4025
Professional and related occupations supporting management and administration866451
Professional and related occupations in education, welfare and health1,486777
Literary, artistic and sports152123
Professional and related occupations in science, engineering, technology and similar fields1,089582
Managerial (excluding general management)1,315758
Clerical and related occupations11,9273,699
Security and protective service1,359435
Catering, cleaning, hairdressing and other personal service12,5524,538
Farming, fishing and related occupations269115
Materials processing (excluding metal)741125
Making and repairing (excluding metal and electrical)5,5431,762
Processing, making, repairing and related occupations (metal and electrical)6,9211,083
Painting, repetitive assembling, product inspecting, packaging and related occupations2,913511
Construction, mining and related occupations not elsewhere classified1,531316
Transport operating, materials moving and storing and related occupations4,9111,068
Miscellaneous occupations (including general labourers)2,900334
Total, all occupations61,94419,609