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Employment: Logistics

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people in each region work in the logistics sector; (276153)

(2) how many people worked in the logistics sector in each region in each quarter of 2008.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated May 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions:

How many people in each region work in the logistics sector? (276153)

How many people worked in the logistics sector in each region in each quarter of 2008? (276154)

The attached table shows the number of employee jobs for transport, storage and communication activities (Section I of the Standard Industrial Classification 2003) in each UK Government Office Region (GOR) from 2007Q1 to 2008Q4, the most recent estimate available. The quarterly series are not seasonally adjusted and so estimates for 2007 have been included in order to produce series of annual change.

These estimates are produced from employer surveys and are subject to sampling variability. They exclude self-employed jobs and government supported trainees, which are not available by region by industry. Section level is the lowest industry level available by region for quarterly employee jobs. Section I has been deemed to best represent the ‘logistics sector’ and this includes land transport, water transport, storage, warehousing, post and telecommunications. A more detailed breakdown of employee jobs by industry by region is available from ONS's Annual Business Inquiry, although the most recent estimates are for 2007.

Section I: Transport, Storage and Communication (Division 60 to 64) of the Standard Industrial Classification 2003

Employee jobs (thousand)

Government office regions

Levels

South-east

East

London

South-west

West midlands

East midlands

Yorkshire and Humber

North-west

North-east

2007

March

217.8

146.1

304.4

106.4

130.8

107.7

127.1

173.9

52.7

June

218.9

145.3

308.9

108.4

131.0

108.0

128.4

173.2

53.4

September

221.2

144.5

304.2

112.9

130.3

108.7

127.2

170.8

53.0

December

223.9

145.5

310.3

115.5

133.9

111.9

129.2

175.1

53.2

2008

March

220.3

142.7

306.3

114.1

131.0

109.4

126.8

172.1

52.3

June

221.3

143.2

308.8

113.0

132.2

110.1

129.1

173.2

53.3

September

220.1

142.9

306.5

113.5

130.8

109.1

129.0

173.1

53.0

December

222.1

143.8

306.9

114.2

132.1

111.1

129.1

175.1

53.5

Change on year

2008

March

2.5

-3.4

1.9

7.7

0.2

1.7

-0.3

-1.8

-0.4

June

2.4

-2.1

-0.1

4.6

1.2

2.1

0.7

0.0

-0.1

September

-1.1

-1.6

2.3

0.6

0.5

2.4

1.8

2.3

0.0

December

-1.8

-1.7

-3.4

-1.3

-1.8

-0.8

-0.1

0.0

0.3

Change on year %

March

1.1

-2.3

0.6

7.2

0.2

1.6

-0.2

-1.0

-0.8

June

1.1

-1.4

0.0

4.2

0.9

1.9

0.5

0.0

-0.2

September

-0.5

-1.1

0.8

0.5

0.4

2.2

1.4

1.3

0.0

December

-0.8

-1.2

-1.1

-1.1

-1.3

-0.7

-0.1

0.0

0.6

Employee jobs (thousand)

Government office regions

Levels

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

UK

2007

March

49.7

124.4

29.4

1,570.5

June

50.8

127.0

30.3

1,581.6

September

50.7

130.0

31.2

1,582.6

December

51.2

132.5

31.5

1,613.8

2008

March

50.6

130.4

31.4

1,587.5

June

51.4

131.5

30.9

1,596.0

September

50.1

128.3

30.9

1,587.3

December

50.1

129.0

31.3

1,598.1

Change on year

2008

March

0.9

6.0

2.0

17.0

June

0.6

4.5

0.6

14.4

September

-0.6

-1.7

-0.3

4.7

December

-1.1

-3.5

-0.2

-15.7

Change on year %

March

1.8

4.8

6.8

1.1

June

1.2

3.5

2.0

0.9

September

-1.2

-1.3

-1.0

0.3

December

-2.1

-2.6

-0.6

-1.0

Source:

Business Statistics Division, ONS

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