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Local Government: Manpower

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent total employee jobs there were in English local government in each year since 1996. (232670)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated November 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many full-time equivalent total employee jobs there were in English local government, according to Office for National Statistics figures, in each year since 1996.1 am replying in her absence. (232670)

The Office for National Statistics collects employment statistics for the public sector, including local government, as part of the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey. A consistent time-series for full-time equivalents is only available back to 1999. The requested statistics are attached at Annex A.

Annex A: Employment in local government, England, 1999 to 2008

Full-time equivalent, Thousand, not seasonally adjusted

Year1

Local government

1999

1,456

2000

1,471

2001

1,461

2002

1,466

2003

1,486

2004

1,509

2005

1,527

2006

1,552

2007

1,558

2008

1,543

1 Quarter 2 figures are used as an annual reference point.

Source:

(Unpublished) Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey.