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Employment

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of those in employment in (a) Suffolk and (b) the east of England were British-born UK nationals in each of the last five years. (201493)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of those in employment in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England were British-born UK nationals in each of the last five years. (201493)

The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

The attached table shows the percentage of persons of working age (16-64 for men, 16-59 for women) in employment who were British-born UK nationals. Estimates are obtained from the annual LFS for each 12 month period from 2003 to 2004 ending in February. For time series comparisons, the APS estimates from 2005 to 2007 are provided covering the 12 month periods ending in March, but the most recently released estimate is also included, which covers the 12 month period ending in September 2007.

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

In order to produce estimates for small geographical areas, APS and annual LFS estimates are provided based on survey microdata. It should be noted that the estimate provided is weighted to population estimates consistent with those published in 2003. Reweighted analyses using the latest population estimates, published in summer 2007, will available from 14 May 2008.

Table 1 :British born UK nationals as a proportion of those in employment1 in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England in the last five years

Percentage

12 months ending:

Suffolk

East of England

February 2003

93

92

February 2004

93

93

March 2005

94

92

March 2006

91

91

March 2007

93

89

September 2007

92

89

1 Persons of working age (male 16 to 64, female 16 to 59).

Source:

Annual Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make an estimate of the number of people who are (a) in full-time work, (b) in part-time work for 20 to 30 hours per week, (c) in part-time work for 10 to 20 hours per week, (d) in part-time work for less than 10 hours per week and (e) out of work, broken down by age decile. (202553)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the number of people (a) in full-time work, (b) in part-time work for 20 to 30 hours per week, (c) in part-time work for 10 to 20 hours per week, (d) in part-time work for less than 10 hours per week and (e) out of work, broken down by age decile. (202553)

The attached table gives estimates of the number of people in full-time and part-time employment and the number of unemployed people for the categories requested for the three month period ending December 2007.

It should be noted that the estimates provided are weighted to population estimates consistent with those published in 2003. Reweighted analyses using the latest population estimates, published in summer 2007, will available from 14 May 2008.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

People aged 16 and over by labour market status, three months ending December 2007—United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

In employment

Part-time1

Age group

Full-time1

Total part-time

Less than 10 hours per week2

10 to 19 hours per week2

20 to 30 hours per week2

More than 30 hours per week2

Unemployed3

16 to 19

574

794

284

348

149

14

355

20 to 29

4,452

983

112

390

420

60

431

30 to 39

5,009

1,384

129

492

675

89

257

40 to 49

5,532

1,618

134

530

822

132

244

50 to 59

4,139

1,312

130

399

668

114

181

60 to 69

1,095

857

182

301

332

42

48

Aged 70 and over

49

155

58

47

46

4

3

All aged 16 and over

20,850

7,103

1,029

2,506

3,112

456

1,517

1 Based on respondents’ self-classification of their main job as either full-time or part-time.

2 The weekly hour figures shown relate to the total hours usually worked in an individuals main job. rounded to the nearest hour.

3 Number of unemployed people measured using the internationally agreed definition recommended by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Note:

The estimates are grossed using population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey