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Foreign Workers

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of non-UK born persons in employment in each county of the UK in each of the last five years. (190816)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 March 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on what the most recent estimate is of the number of non-UK born persons in employment in each county of the UK in each of the last five years. (190816)

The Office for National Statistics compiles statistics on migrant workers for local areas from the Annual Labour Force Survey and the Annual Population Survey (APS). The National Statistics method for estimating the number of migrant workers employed in the UK is routinely based on the number of people at a given time who were born abroad, are of working age (16-64 for men, 16-59 for women) and in employment. This question has been answered on this basis. It means, for example, that some people who are UK nationals will be included in the total of “foreign born” and that people who are working but are above state pension age are not included.

APS estimates at this detailed level are only available consistent with population estimates published in February and March 2003 and are not comparable with the estimates published in the Labour Market Statistics First Release on 13 February 2008, which are based on latest population estimates.

The table attached, shows the numbers of working age in employment who were not born in the UK and were resident in each UK county, Unitary Authority and Metropolitan County, during the twelve month periods ending in March for 2005, 2006, 2007 from the APS and, for the 12 month periods ending in February for 2003 and 2004 from the Annual LFS.

When interpreting these figures, it is important to bear in mind that the APS/LFS are not designed to cover everyone who is present in the UK. The survey may undercount the numbers of people who were born overseas. The reasons are set out in the table footnote.

As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.

Number of non-UK born persons in employment in each UK county, unitary authority and metropolitan county 2003-071

Employment level (thousand)

12 months ending:

February 2003

February 2004

March 2005

March 2006

March 2007

Bedfordshire

15

16

15

20

21

Buckinghamshire

22

27

26

27

30

Cambridgeshire

22

24

30

33

39

Cheshire

13

16

14

14

12

Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly

8

8

9

11

17

Cumbria

6

5

6

6

7

Derbyshire

8

6

9

13

10

Devon

17

15

13

13

18

Dorset

7

8

11

9

8

Durham

5

5

6

5

7

East Sussex

11

11

18

15

17

Essex

34

30

36

39

47

Gloucestershire

18

17

15

17

18

Hampshire

41

47

45

40

53

Hertfordshire

47

47

52

53

71

Kent

39

37

44

43

51

Lancashire

20

20

23

31

32

Leicestershire

14

13

16

18

18

Lincolnshire

9

14

15

17

22

Norfolk

16

16

21

22

25

Northamptonshire

16

17

23

33

28

Northumberland

3

4

4

4

3

North Yorkshire

12

12

13

13

14

Nottinghamshire

14

14

11

13

16

Oxfordshire

28

29

35

39

38

Shropshire

3

5

5

4

6

Somerset

12

14

8

4

10

Staffordshire

9

11

12

11

8

Suffolk

23

20

19

28

22

Surrey

49

55

58

68

74

Warwickshire

19

15

15

14

18

West Sussex

30

31

30

34

41

Wiltshire

13

11

15

14

22

Worcestershire

9

11

12

11

12

Eilean Siar Orkney and Shetland

1

1

1

1

1

Tyne and Wear Met County

15

17

20

23

26

Greater Manchester Met County

64

71

79

87

93

Merseyside Met County

15

16

20

23

32

South Yorkshire Met County

17

22

22

27

35

West Yorkshire Met County

64

72

77

85

89

West Midlands Met County

105

111

119

129

146

Inner London

462

481

480

507

534

Outer London

539

563

613

608

665

Hartlepool UA

1

1

1

1

1

Middlesbrough UA

3

2

3

3

3

Redcar and Cleveland UA

1

1

1

1

1

Stockton-on-Tees UA

3

4

4

4

3

Darlington UA

2

2

2

2

3

Halton UA

1

1

1

1

1

Warrington UA

3

3

3

3

5

Blackburn with Darwen UA

4

6

6

6

7

Blackpool UA

2

1

2

3

3

Kingston upon Hull City of UA

4

3

4

6

6

East Riding of Yorkshire UA

5

4

4

4

5

North East Lincolnshire UA

2

2

2

2

2

North Lincolnshire UA

3

3

3

4

5

York UA

3

4

4

5

7

Derby UA

8

7

7

11

11

Leicester UA

28

28

32

35

36

Rutland UA

1

1

1

1

1

Nottingham UA

10

8

13

15

17

Herefordshire County of UA

2

3

3

3

4

Telford and Wrekin

4

5

4

4

5

Stoke-on-Trent UA

4

3

3

4

7

Bath and North East Somerset UA

5

6

4

7

9

Bristol City of UA

17

18

19

21

21

North Somerset UA

4

4

5

5

4

South Gloucestershire UA

6

7

6

8

0

Plymouth UA

5

5

4

5

7

Torbay UA

3

3

3

2

3

Bournemouth UA

7

6

7

9

10

Poole UA

3

4

4

5

5

Swindon UA

8

7

9

7

12

Peterborough UA

7

8

10

9

14

Luton UA

18

18

19

21

20

Southend-on-Sea UA

5

6

4

4

6

Thurrock UA

3

4

6

7

9

Medway UA

7

10

9

11

12

Bracknell Forest UA

5

5

6

7

8

West Berkshire UA

7

6

7

7

7

Reading UA

10

10

14

16

19

Slough UA

18

18

18

20

22

Windsor and Maidenhead UA

9

9

11

10

10

Wokingham UA

8

8

8

11

10

Milton Keynes UA

11

12

14

12

17

Brighton and Hove UA

17

17

14

18

19

Portsmouth UA

5

6

7

8

7

Southampton UA

8

9

10

11

11

Isle of Wight UA

2

2

2

2

3

Anglesey Isle of

1

1

1

1

1

Gwynedd

1

1

1

2

2

Conwy

1

1

2

2

2

Denbighshire

1

1

2

1

1

Flintshire

3

2

2

2

3

Wrexham

1

2

2

3

4

Powys

1

1

1

1

2

Ceredigion

1

2

1

1

2

Pembrokeshire

2

2

2

2

3

Carmarthenshire

2

2

2

3

3

Swansea

3

6

4

5

6

Neath Port Talbot

1

1

2

1

1

Bridgend

2

2

2

2

3

Vale of Glamorgan The

2

3

3

3

3

Rhondda Cynon Taff

1

2

3

3

3

Merthyr Tydfil

1

2

2

1

1

Caerphilly

2

2

1

2

2

Blaenau Gwent

2

1

2

2

2

Torfaen

1

1

1

1

1

Monmouthshire

2

2

1

2

1

Newport

2

3

4

3

3

Cardiff

14

10

12

11

11

Aberdeen City

5

6

6

7

9

Aberdeenshire

5

3

4

4

5

Angus

1

2

2

2

2

Argyll and Bute

1

1

1

2

2

Scottish Borders The

2

1

1

2

3

Clackmannanshire

1

2

2

2

1

West Dunbartonshire

1

1

1

1

Dumfries and Galloway

1

2

2

2

1

Dundee City

2

3

3

3

4

East Ayrshire

1

1

1

1

1

East Dunbartonshire

2

2

2

2

2

East Lothian

1

2

2

2

3

East Renfrewshire

1

2

2

2

2

Edinburgh City of

17

23

24

24

30

Falkirk

2

2

2

2

2

Fife

6

7

7

10

6

City of Glasgow

11

16

14

18

21

Highland

2

4

3

4

5

Inverclyde

2

2

1

1

Midlothian

1

1

1

1

1

Moray

1

1

2

2

3

North Ayrshire

2

1

2

2

1

North Lanarkshire

2

3

3

3

4

Orkney Islands

1

2

Perth and Kinross

4

3

3

3

3

Renfrewshire

3

3

3

2

3

Shetland Islands

1

South Ayrshire

2

1

2

1

2

South Lanarkshire

2

2

4

5

6

Stirling

2

2

2

3

West Lothian

1

2

4

5

6

Northern Ireland3

26

27

33

32

46

‘—’ Data not available

1 Does not include respondents who did not answer the question on country of birth.

2 Less than 500

3 Breakdowns for Northern Ireland are not available at county level.

Notes:

1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability.

2. It should also be noted that the country of birth question in the APS gives an undercount because:

it excludes certain people who have been resident in the UK for less than six months.

it excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent.

it excludes people in most other types of communal establishments (eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc.).

it is grossed to population estimates which exclude migrants staying for less than 12 months.

microdata are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates.

Source:

Annual Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey