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Seasonal Workers

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of seasonal workers in (a) rural areas and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (82031)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about seasonal workers in employment in (a) rural areas and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1997. (82031)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of types of seasonal employment from the annual Local area Labour Force Survey (LLFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS). The urban and rural identifier is not available on the annual datasets.

The table overleaf shows the available data for the 12 month periods ending from 1999-2005.

These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Employees in seasonal work, 1999 to 2005, March to February each year, United Kingdom

12 months ending


February 1999


February 2000


February 2001


February 2002


February 2003


February 2004


December 2004


December 2005



Changes in the estimates from year-to-year should be treated with caution.


Annual datasets