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Employment

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people and what proportion of the workforce in employment in (a) the UK and (b) each Government Office region (i) aged 16 and over and (ii) of working age are (A) UK-born, (B) non-UK born, (C) EU-born, (D) non-EU born and (E) EU A8-born. (256024)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 10th February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people and what proportion of the workforce in employment in (a) the UK and (b) each Government Office Region (i) aged 16 and over and (ii) of working age, who are (A) UK-born (B) non-UK born, (C) EU-born, (D) non-EU born and (E) EU A8 born. (256024)

The requested information is shown in the attached tables. Table 1 attached provides employment levels and rates of people aged 16 and over, for the UK and each Government Office Region by country of birth. Table 2 attached provides employment levels and rates by working age for the UK and Government Office Region by country of birth. 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. Consequently the estimates 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.

Table 1: Employment levels and employment rates of people aged 16 and over in each government office region, by country of birth July to September 2008, not seasonally adjusted

Thousands and per cent

UK

Non-UK1

Non-UK EU

Non-EU

EUA82

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

North East

*1,102

56

***58

56

****3

69

****3

48

****3

86

North West (inc Merseyside)

*2,927

58

**235

55

***77

57

**158

54

***39

78

Yorkshire and Humberside

*2,284

60

**195

56

***77

71

***118

50

***46

88

East Midlands

*1,979

61

**204

61

***80

69

***125

57

***42

82

West Midlands

*2,203

58

**260

51

***69

56

**191

49

***35

78

Eastern

*2,528

62

**295

64

***125

66

**170

63

***45

79

London

*2,307

63

*1,452

60

**403

67

*1,049

58

**141

75

South East

*3,725

63

**515

68

**168

67

**346

68

***55

87

South West

*2,380

61

**201

66

***77

66

***124

65

****3

84

Wales

*1,272

56

***70

59

****3

65

***35

54

****3

81

Scotland

*2,364

61

**185

66

***82

77

***102

60

***41

85

Northern Ireland

*729

57

***59

68

***35

67

****3

70

****3

91

Total

*25,799

60

*3,727

61

*1,254

66

*2,474

58

**516

81

1 Excludes those who did not state their country of birth.

2 The A8 (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia)

3 The estimates have been suppressed as they are deemed unreliable for practical purposes.

Coefficients of Variation have been calculated as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below:

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 (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc).

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Table 2: Employment levels and employment rates of the working age1 population in each government office region, by country of birth July to September 2008, not seasonally adjusted

Thousands and per cent

UK

Non-UK2

Non-UK EU

Non-EU

EUA83

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

Level

Rate

North East

*1,063

71

***58

62

****4

78

****4

53

****4

90

North West (inc Merseyside)

*2,806

73

**229

63

***75

76

**154

59

***39

83

Yorkshire and Humberside

*2,187

75

**192

64

***76

83

***116

56

***46

90

East Midlands

*1,893

77

**201

71

***78

83

***123

65

***42

86

West Midlands

*2,100

74

**255

61

***66

77

**189

56

***35

86

Eastern

*2,384

78

**286

74

***122

80

**165

71

***45

81

London

*2,209

73

*1,411

68

**393

78

*1,018

65

**140

78

South East

*3,516

80

**494

77

**160

81

**334

75

***54

91

South West

*2,244

80

**195

77

***75

80

***120

76

****4

91

Wales

*1,207

71

***68

68

****4

79

***34

61

****4

82

Scotland

*2,266

77

**181

72

***81

84

***100

65

***41

88

Northern Ireland

*706

69

***58

79

***35

80

****4

78

****4

91

Total

*24,580

76

*3,629

69

*1,221

80

*2,408

65

**513

84

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

2 Excludes those who did not state their country of birth.

3The A8 (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia).

4 The estimates have been suppressed as they are deemed unreliable for practical purposes.

Coefficients of Variation have been calculated as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below:

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 (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc).

Source:

Labour Force Survey