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Public Sector Employees

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1223-24W, on public sector employees, what the corresponding data were for the given years for the percentage of population (a) in private sector employment and (b) on benefits not in long-term employment. (115920)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 18 January 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the proportions of the population in private sector employment and on benefits. I am replying in her absence. (115920)

The available estimates for private sector employment, which are based on annual averages of quarterly estimates and the appropriate mid-year population estimates, are shown in the attached table. As these estimates are partly based on sample surveys, they are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Estimates of the numbers on benefits not in employment are not available.

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

Government office region

1999

2005

North East

30.7

32.8

North West

36.0

36.6

Yorkshire and The Humber

35.9

37.2

East Midlands

37.6

38.3

West Midlands

37.8

37.5

East

37.5

37.8

London

43.5

42.4

South East

40.0

40.7

South West

39.4

39.2

Wales

31.5

33.9

Scotland

34.7

37.0

Northern Ireland

29.2

30.5

United Kingdom

37.4

38.0

Note:

Regional estimates of private sector employment are derived as the difference between total employment according to the Labour Force Survey and corresponding regional estimates of public sector employment which are based on returns from public sector organisations, combined with approximate breakdowns from the Labour Force Survey for Wales and the English regions.

Sources:

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