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Foreign Workers: Coastal Areas

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of migrant workers there are in the workforce in each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales. (234951)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated November 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what percentage of migrant workers there are in the workforce in each of the principal seaside town in England and Wales. (234951)

The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas using the Annual Population Survey (APS) and Annual Labour Force Survey (LPS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.

Estimates of employment are not available for the principal seaside towns in England and Wales. Instead we have provided estimates relating to the Local Authorities associated with each of these towns.

The Office for National Statistics compiles statistics on migrant workers for local areas from the Annual Population survey (APS). The National Statistics method for estimating the number of migrant workers employed in the UK is based on the number of people at a given time who were born outside the UK, and in employment. This question has been answered on this basis. It means, for example, that some people who are UK nationals will be included in the total. Those in employment are defined following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1 attached, provides the number of migrant workers employed in the relevant local authorities from the APS for the twelve month period ending December 2007.

These figures along with a wide range of other labour market data for parliamentary constituencies and local authorities are also published on the Office for National Statistics’ Nomis® website:

www.nomisweb.co.uk.

Table 1: Non-UK born persons1 in employment in unitary authorities and as a percentage of all persons in employment, January to December 2007

Principal seaside town

Local authority

Level (Thousand)

Percentage

Bognor Regis

Arun

6

****

10

Greater Blackpool

Blackpool

3

***

6

Greater Bournemouth

Bournemouth

9

***

13

Porthcawl

Bridgend

2

****

4

Greater Brighton

Brighton and Hove

19

***

15

Whitstable/Herne Bay

Canterbury

5

***

7

Falmouth

Carrick

3

***

8

Llandudno/Colwyn Bay/Conwy

Conwy

2

****

4

Rhyl/Prestatyn

Denbighshire

1

****

3

Deal

Dover

2

****

4

Sidmouth

East Devon

4

****

7

Skegness

East Lindsey

2

****

3

Bridlington

East Riding of Yorkshire

4

****

3

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

4

****

9

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

2

****

6

Hastings/Bexhill

Hastings

3

****

8

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

3

***

5

Morecambe and Heysham

Lancaster

2

****

3

Ilfracombe

North Devon

n/a

n/a

Weston-super-Mare

North Somerset

6

***

6

Whitley Bay

North Tyneside

4

****

4

St. Ives

Penwith

2

****

7

Swanage

Purbeck

1

****

6

Newquay

Restormel

n/a

n/a

Scarborough

Scarborough

3

****

7

Burnham-on-Sea

Sedgemoor

n/a

n/a

Southport

Sefton

4

****

3

Folkstone/Hythe

Shepway

4

****

9

Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea

6

***

8

Exmouth

Teignbridge

2

****

4

Clacton

Tendring

5

****

10

Thanet

Thanet

4

****

9

Torbay

Torbay

3

***

6

Barry

The Vale of Glamorgan

3

***

6

Lowestoft

Waveney

2

***

5

Minehead

West Somerset

n/a

n/a

Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland

1

****

4

Greater Worthing

Worthing

4

****

9

n/a = Not available.

1 Does not include respondents who did not answer the question on country of birth.

Estimates are subject to sampling variability.

It should also be noted that the country of birth question in the APS gives an undercount because:

it excludes certain people who have been resident in the UK for less than six months.

it excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent.

it excludes people in most other types of communal establishments (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc).

it is grossed to population estimates which exclude migrants staying for less than 12 months.

microdata are grossed to population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003 which are significantly lower than the latest population estimates.

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

Source:

Annual Population Survey