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Job Vacancies

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average number of job vacancies was in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in each of the last three years. (258256)

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 what the average number of vacancies was in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in each of the last three years. (258256)

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

An alternative source of information on job vacancies is the administrative data from Jobcentre Plus. This data only includes job vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and so is inconsistent with the Vacancy Survey, which includes all known vacancies. However, detailed geographical breakdowns of the administrative data are available.

The table attached shows the number of live, unfilled job vacancies held by Jobcentre Plus for the Darlington constituency, for County Durham and for England, in December 2006, 2007 and 2008. Figures from Jobcentre Plus for Great Britain and three month averages for the UK from the Vacancy Survey have also been included, for comparison.

Number of job vacancies1 in Darlington parliamentary constituency, County Durham, England, Great Britain and UK

Not seasonally adjusted

Seasonally adjusted

Darlington

County Durham

England

Great Britain

UK

December 2006

756

2,676

264,618

308,414

October to December 2006

603,000

December 2007

641

3,459

342,840

394,904

October to December 2007

682,000

December 2008

372

1,529

238,385

271,011

October to December 2008

532,000

1 Job vacancies for Darlington, County Durham, England and Great Britain are live unfilled vacancies from Jobcentre Plus administrative data. These are inconsistent with the UK figures from the ONS Vacancy Survey.

Sources:

Not seasonally adjusted—Jobcentre Plus Administrative Data

Seasonally adjusted—Vacancy Survey, ONS