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Construction: Recruitment

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people were recruited into the construction industry in each year since 1997; (197444)

(2) how many people were employed in the construction industry in each year since 1997.

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 31 March 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking how many people have been recruited into the construction industry in each year since 1997 and how many people were employed in the construction industry in each year since 1997. I am replying in her absence. (197444, 197445).

The definitive source for the number of people employed is normally the Labour Force Survey (LFS). However, the Workforce Jobs Survey is preferred for industry breakdowns of employment and has been used in the attached Table.

While estimates of the number of recruitments are not available explicitly, figures from surveys enable comparisons to be made of net changes in jobs from year to year.

Table 1, attached, provides an estimate of jobs in Construction (Standard Industrial Classification (1992) section F) in the United Kingdom for the month of June for each year from 1997 and the net change on the previous year.

Workforce Job statistics are published as part of the Labour Market Statistics First Release and can be obtained on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/product.asp?vlnk=8286

As with any survey, results from the Workforce Jobs Surveys are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Table 1: Workforce jobs in construction industries1, United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted

Thousand

Level

Net change on previous year

June 1997

1,780

June 1998

1,835

55

June 1999

1,854

19

June 2000

1,900

46

June 2001

1,917

17

June 2002

1,948

31

June 2003

1,997

49

June 2004

2,069

72

June 2005

2,119

50

June 2006

2,165

46

June 2007

2,230

65

1 Standard Industrial Classification (1992) section F

Notes:

1. Workforce Jobs figures are a measure of jobs rather than people. For example, if a person holds two jobs, each job will be counted in the Workforce Jobs total.

2. Workforce Jobs figures come from a variety of sources, and where possible, from the employer rather than the individual. Employee Jobs (which is the largest component of Workforce Jobs) come from quarterly surveys of employers carried out by ONS.

3. Other data sources are as follows:

Self-employment Jobs are provided by the Labour Force Survey.

HM Forces figures are provided by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Government-supported trainees are provided from Administrative Sources.