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Vacancies: Eastbourne

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average number of job vacancies in Eastbourne constituency was in each of the last 12 months. (267282)

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 March 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average number of job vacancies in Eastbourne constituency was in each of the last 12 months. (267282)

The Office for National Statistics estimates the number of vacancies from the Vacancy Survey, however 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 Eastbourne parliamentary constituency for each month from March 2008 to February 2009. 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 in Eastbourne parliamentary constituency, Great Britain and UK

Not seasonally adjusted

Eastbourne

Great Britain

2008

March

440

398,000

April

490

385,000

May

527

378,000

June

677

387,000

July

416

353,000

August

518

348,000

September

552

374,000

October

536

383,000

November

514

343,000

December

491

271,000

2009

January

399

194,000

February

292

239,000

1 Job Vacancies for Eastbourne and Great Britain are live unfilled vacancies from the Jobcentre Plus administrative data. These are inconsistent with the UK figures from the ONS Vacancy Survey. Source: Jobcentre Plus Administrative Data.

Seasonally adjusted

UK

January to March 2008

687,000

February to April 2008

682,000

March to May 2008

670,000

April to June 2008

649,000

May to July 2008

629,000

June to August 2008

611,000

July to September 2008

599,000

August to October 2008

581,000

September to November 2008

556,000

October to December 2008

531,000

November 2008 to January 2009

506,000

December 2008 to February 2009

482,000

Source: Vacancy Survey, ONS.