Skip to main content

Employment

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the employment rate was of (a) people, (b) UK citizens and (c) UK-born people aged over 50 years old in (i) each year since 1997 and (ii) each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available. (225147)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the employment rate was of (a) people aged over 50 years of working age (b) UK citizens aged over 50 years of working age and (c) UK-born people aged over 50 years of working age in (i) each year since 1997 and (ii) each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available. (225147)

The attached table gives the employment rates of people aged between 50 and state pension age for the categories requested.

The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. UK citizens are defined as those who report their nationality as UK at the time of the survey.

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

Employment rates1 for people aged between 50 and state pension age2 United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

UK population

UK nationals

UK born

1997

Q2

64.7

64.9

65.4

1998

Q2

65.4

65.6

66.0

1999

Q2

66.3

66.5

67.0

2000

Q2

67.0

67.2

67.6

2001

Q2

67.8

68.1

68.5

2002

Q2

68.1

68.4

68.8

2003

Q2

70.2

70.3

70.7

2004

Q2

69.9

70.1

70.5

2005

Q2

70.5

70.6

71.0

2006

Q2

70.9

71.0

71.4

2006

Q3

70.8

71.0

71.5

2006

Q4

70.8

71.0

71.5

2007

Q1

70.7

70.9

71.4

2007

Q2

71.3

71.6

72.0

2007

Q3

71.3

71.6

71.9

2007

Q4

72.0

72.2

72.6

2008

Q1

72.0

72.1

72.6

2008

Q2

72.1

72.3

72.7

1 The employment rate is the number of people in employment as a percentage of the total number in the relevant group.

2 Men aged 50-64 and women aged 50-59.

Note:

It should be noted that the estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishments (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.)

Source:

Labour Force Survey.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of the increase in the employment of people of working age since 1997 was accounted for by (a) foreign nationals and (b) workers born abroad. (226634)

[holding answer 13 October 2008]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of the increase in the employment of people of working age since 1997 was accounted for by (a) foreign nationals and (b) workers born abroad. (226634)

Between April-June 1997 and April-June 2008, foreign nationals accounted for 52 per cent of the increase in the employment of people of working age (men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59). The corresponding figure for workers born abroad was 67 per cent.

Foreign nationals are defined as those who report their nationality as non-UK at the time of the survey.

The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in employment in the UK were (a) UK citizens, (b) citizens of other EU states and (c) citizens of non EU states in each year since 1978. (226635)

[holding answer 13 October 2008]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people in employment in the UK were (a) UK citizens, (b) citizens of other EU states and (c) citizens of non EU states in each year since 1978. (226635)

The attached table gives the number of people in employment for the categories requested, from April-June 1995 to April-June 2008. Comparable data prior to 1995 are not available. The table excludes those whose nationality is not known.

Citizenship is defined as the nationality reported by respondents at the time of the survey.

The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

The figures in the table are derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in autumn 2007. They are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics First Release which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Employment levels for people aged 16 and over, by nationality, three months ending April to June, 1995 to 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

UK

Other EU1 401

Non-EU

1995

24,840

470

1996

25,074

397

473

1997

25,478

419

547

1998

25,576

465

600

1999

26,002

452

569

2000

26,256

461

682

2001

26,427

489

725

2002

26,554

480

816

2003

26,741

518

873

20042

26,860

581

922

2005

27,058

642

963

2006

27,050

732

1,144

20073

26,949

989

1,154

20084

27,167 *

1,085 *

1,219 *

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

2 EU14 comprises Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

3 A8 comprises Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

4 Rest of world excludes UK, EU14 and A8.

5 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described as follows:

Guide to Quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

Key Coefficient of Variation (CV) (%) Statistical Robustness

* 0 < CV< 5 Estimates are considered precise

** 5 < CV < 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise

*** 10 < CV < 20 Estimates are considered acceptable

**** CV ≥ 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

Note:

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.)

Source:

Labour Force Survey.