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Labour Statistics

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Paymaster General how many people were registered unemployed in Leicester in June 1979; and how many are currently registered unemployed.

The following information is in the Library. On 14 June 1979, there were 10,854 unemployed registrants in the Leicester jobcentre area. Comparable figures for February 1987 are not available because of changes in the way figures are collected and compiled. However, on 12 February 1987, the number of unemployed claimants in the Leicester local authority district was 18,655.

asked the Paymaster General whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for June 1979 and the latest available date, the number of male and female full-time and part-time workers on adult rates and the estimated average earnings in each case, and the number of full-time and part-time workers who were temporarily employed in each case; and if he will also provide what estimate he is able to make of similar data for the self-employed and for workers on non adult rates.

Great Britain
Numbers1employed millionsNumbers1 in temporary employment millionsNumbers2 on adult3 rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those on adult rates £ per weekNumbers2 not on adult4 rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those not on adult rates £ per week
1979
Males
Full-time employees13·211·9101·41·255·2
Part-time employees33·4
Self-employed1·5
Full-time1·4
Part-time0·1
Females
Full-time employees5·65·263·00·336·6
Part-time employees3·93·727·5¨
Self-employed0·3
Full-time0·2
Part-time0·1
— Data either not available or no reliable estimate possible.
¨ Figures not significant at the level indicated.
1 Relates to June 1979.
2 Relates to April 1979.
3 Males aged 21 and over. Females aged 18 and over.
4 Males aged under 21. Females aged under 18.
Great Britain
Numbers1employed millionsNumbers1 in temporary employment millionsNumbers2 on adult rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those on adult rates £ per weekNumbers2 not on adult4 rates millionsGross Average2 earnings of those not on adult rates £ per week
1986
Males
Full-time employees10·80·210·4207·50·487·4
Part-time employees0·90·20·860·9..
Self-employed1·90·1
Full-time1·80·1
Part-time0·2¨
Females
Full-time employees5·30·25·1137·20·278·0
Part-time employees4·10·54·053·50·127·0
Self-employed0·60·1
Full-time0·3..
Part-time0·30·1
— Data either not available or no reliable estimate possible
.. Figures not significant at the level indicated
1 Relates to June 1986
2 Relates to April 1986

asked the Paymaster General, on the basis of information obtained from the labour force survey, how many people who were (a) self-employed and (b) employees had been continuously in that employment for (1) less than three months, (2) three months but less than six months, (3) six months but less than one year, (4) one year but less than two years, (5) two years but less than five years, (6) five years but less than 10 years, (7) 10 years but less than 20 years and (8) 20 years or more.

Estimates from the preliminary labour force survey results for the spring of 1986 of the length of time

Such estimates as are possible are as follows:persons were either continuously self-employed or in employment as an employee with the same employer, in Great Britain, are as shown in the table.

Self-employed and Employees—length of time in continuous employment
Great Britain thousands
PeriodSelf-employedEmployees
Less than 3 months1221,087
3 months but less than 6 months91889

Period

Self-employed

Employees

6 months but less than 1 year1861,772
1 year but less than 2 years2752,183
2 years but less than 5 years5614,107
5 years but less than 10 years4814,341
10 years but less than 20 years5514,288
20 years or more4502,009
All

12,723

120,705

1 Includes those who did not state length of time in continuous employment

asked the Paymaster General what information he has from the general household survey about the economic status of self-employed persons 12 months before they were interviewed; and if he will show separately the proportions that were (a) unemployed, (b) employees, (c) on YOP/YTS and (d) economically inactive.

The information is not available in the exact form requested.The latest available information from the general household survey is for 1984 when 8 per cent. of the self-employed persons in the sample said that 12 months earlier they had been an employee, and 6 per cent. said they had not been working or had been on YOP/YTS; the remaining 86 per cent. said they had been self-employed.