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Immigrants: Employment

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of migrants from (a) Poland, (b) Ukraine, (c) Pakistan and (d) Sri Lanka in Leeds Metropolitan District found full-time employment in each year since 2000. (211185)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 20 June 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on what percentage of migrants from (a) Poland (b) Ukraine (c) Pakistan and (d) Sri Lanka found full-time employment in Leeds Metropolitan District in each year since 2000. [211185]

The Office for National Statistics compiles statistics on migrant workers for local areas from the Annual Population survey (APS) and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS). The National Statistics method for estimating the employment rate of migrant workers employed in the UK is based on the employment rate of people at a given time who were born outside the UK and of working age. This question has been answered on this basis. It means, for example, that some people who are UK nationals will be included in the figures. Those in full time employment are defined following International Labour Organisation definitions of employment with the respondent answering that they worked full time.

Table 1, attached, shows estimates of the employment rate of persons who live in the Leeds Local Authority District in full time employment who were born in Poland, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Figures for Ukraine are not available. Estimates are obtained for the 12 month periods ending in February, for 2001 to 2004, from the annual LFS. The APS estimates from 2004 to 2006 are provided covering the 12 month periods ending in December. The most recently released estimate is also included, which covers the 12 month period ending in September 2007.

The unweighted count (sample size) underpinning the estimates are also provided because at this geographic level they are inevitably small, especially for the earlier years. In addition some numbers in the table are not provided because the sample sizes are very small and risk being disclosive. The estimates are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty and special care should be taken on drawing conclusions on the basis of year-on-year comparisons.

Table 1: Employment rate and unweighted count of working age1 people who were born in Poland, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who were in full time2 employment3, living in the Leeds local authority district, 2001-07

Percentage and count



Sri Lanka

Rates (percentage)

Unweighted count4

Rates (percentage)

Unweighted count4

Rates (percentage)

Unweighted count4

October 2006-September 2007





January 2006-December 2006





January 2005-December 2005





January 2004-December 2004





March 2003-February 2004



March 2002-February 2003




March 2001-February 2002



March 2000-February 2001



‘—’ = Nil or negligible

1 Men aged 16-64, women aged 16-59.

2 Based on respondents’ answers.

3 Based on International Labour Organisation definitions.

4 Number of respondents for numerator (number of people in full time employment).

5 Sample too small to provide estimates.


The country of birth question in the APS/Annual LFS may undercount foreign born because:

it excludes students in halls of residence who do not have a UK resident parent,

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

it is grossed to population estimates that only include long term migrants (staying 12 months or more).


Annual Population Survey and local Labour Force Survey