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Public Sector Employees

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the population in each region are employed in the public sector; and what the proportion was in 1997. (108090)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 December 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of the population in each region are in public sector employment; and what the proportion was in 1997. (108090)

The latest available estimates, which are based on annual averages of quarterly public sector employment estimates and the appropriate mid-year population estimates, are shown in the attached table. Figures by region are not available earlier than 1999.

The regional estimates of public sector employment are based on returns from public sector organisations, combined with approximate breakdowns from the Labour Force Survey for Wales and the English regions. As these figures are partly based on sample surveys, they are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Public sector employment as a percentage of resident population by region, 1999 and 2005

Government office region

1999

2005

North East

9.3

10.2

North West

8.8

10.0

Yorkshire and the Humber

8.9

9.7

East Midlands

7.7

8.4

West Midlands

8.2

9.2

East

7.7

8.5

London

9.9

10.0

South East

7.9

8.6

South West

8.7

10.3

Wales

9.9

10.3

Scotland

10.4

11.4

Northern Ireland

11.7

12.7

United Kingdom

8.9

9.7

Sources:

Labour Force Survey, returns from public sector organisations (ONS, Scottish Executive and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for Northern Ireland)