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Employment

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the working age population in employment in the UK consisted of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK born people, (c) non-UK nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals and (e) non-EU nationals in (i) each year since 1992 and (ii) the last four quarters for which figures are available. (286460)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of the working age population in employment in the UK consisted of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK born people, (c) non-UK nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals and (e) non-EU nationals in (i) each year since 1992 and (ii) the last four quarters for which figures are available. (286460)

The available information requested is shown in the attached table. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). 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. They are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics Statistical Bulletin, or the migrant worker figures published every quarter, which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Proportion of working age1 population in employment by nationality and country of birth. Three month periods ending March 1995 to 2008; three month periods ending June, September, December and March, 2008 to 2009. United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage

UK nationals

UK born

Non-UK nationals

Non-UK EU nationals2

Non-EU nationals

1995 Q1

97

93

3

2

2

1996 Q1

97

93

3

2

2

1997 Q1

96

93

3

2

2

1998 Q1

96

92

4

2

2

1999 Q1

96

92

4

2

2

2000 Q1

96

92

4

2

2

2001 Q1

96

92

4

2

3

2002 Q1

95

91

5

2

3

2003 Q1

95

91

5

2

3

2004 Q1

95

91

5

2

3

2005 Q1

94

90

6

2

4

2006 Q1

94

89

6

3

4

2007 Q1

93

88

7

3

4

2008 Q1

92

87

8

4

4

2008 Q2

92

87

8

4

4

2008 Q3

92

87

8

4

4

2008 Q4

92

87

8

4

5

2009 Q1

92

87

8

4

4

1 Men aged 16-94 and women aged 16-59.

2 The EU comprises Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. The A8 (Czech Republic Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) joined the EU on 1 May 2004 and are included from 2005 Q1 onwards. Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU on 1 January 2007 and are included from 2007 Q1 onwards.

Note:

The above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels mobile home sites etc.).

Source:

Labour Force Survey