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Vacancies: East Riding

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies in the East Riding of Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement. (254291)

[holding answer 4 February 2009]: 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 February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many job vacancies there are in East Riding of Yorkshire. (254291)

The Office for National Statistics estimates the number of vacancies from the Vacancy Survey, but estimates below UK are not available from this source.

An alternative source of information on job vacancies is administrative data from Jobcentre Plus. This data only includes job vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and consequently is inconsistent with the UK estimates from the Vacancy Survey; however geographical breakdowns of this data are available.

Table 1 attached, shows the number of live unfilled job vacancies held by Jobcentre Plus for the East Riding of Yorkshire in December 2008. Figures from Jobcentre Plus for Great Britain, along with three month averages for the UK from the Vacancy Survey have also been included for comparison.

Table 1: Number of job vacancies1 recorded in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Great Britain, compared with UK total estimate

Not seasonally adjusted

East Riding of Yorkshire

Great Britain

December 2008



1 Job vacancies for East Riding of Yorkshire and Great Britain are live unfilled vacancies from the Jobcentre Plus administrative data. These are not consistent with the UK estimate of total vacancies, from the ONS Vacancy Survey.


Jobcentre Plus Administrative Data

Seasonally adjusted—UK

September to November 2008



Vacancy Survey, ONS