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Employment

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f) non-EU nationals (i) aged over 16 and (ii) of working age were in employment in the UK in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change in each category was in each of the last four quarters. (290846)

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 8 September 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and (f) non-EU nationals (i) aged over 16 and (ii) of working age were in employment in the UK in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available; and what the percentage change in each category was in each of the last four quarters. 290846

The available information requested is shown in the attached tables. 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. They are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistics Statistical Bulletin, which is weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Employment levels and rates of people of working age1 in employment by nationality and country of birth, three month periods ending, March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousands

UK nationals

UK born

Foreign nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

26,085

75

24,849

76

1,913

69

Q4

25,991

75

24,744

75

1,962

69

2007

Q1

25,794

75

24,067

74

1,978

67

Q2

25,784

74

24,508

74

2,103

68

Q3

26,023

74

24,694

74

2,113

69

Q4

26,050

74

24,718

74

2,173

68

2008

Q1

25,870

74

24,547

74

2,254

69

Q2

25,882

74

24,532

74

2,266

69

Q3

25,928

74

0

24,580

74

0

2,279

69

1

Q4

25,749

74

-1

24,372

74

-1

2,342

69

3

2009

Q1

25,454

74

-1

24,067

74

-1

2,313

69

-1

Q23

*25,227

73

-1

*23,881

73

-1

*2,268

67

-2

Non-UK EU nationalsEU A8 nationals2Non-EU nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

753

77

297

82

1,160

Q4

828

77

344

82

1,134

64

2007

Q1

897

77

368

81

1,080

60

Q2

969

77

431

82

1,134

62

Q3

969

78

430

84

1,144

62

Q4

1,010

79

469

84

1,163

61

2008

Q1

1,068

79

500

83

1,186

62

Q2

1,085

79

498

84

1,201

62

Q3

1,045

79

-2

504

84

1

1,234

63

3

Q4

1,052

77

1

470

81

-7

1,290

63

5

2009

Q1

1,097

78

4

500

83

7

1,215

62

-6

Q23

*1,078

77

-2

**500

82

0

*1,190

60

-2

Source:

Labour Force Survey

Employment levels and rates of people aged 16 and over in employment by nationality and country of birth, three month periods ending, March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousands

UK nationals

UK born

Foreign nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

27,217

60

25,919

60

1,958

63

Q4

27,142

60

25,830

60

2,008

62

2007

Q1

26,953

60

25,622

60

2,021

61

Q2

26,949

60

25,616

60

2,143

62

Q3

27,219

60

25,825

60

2,152

63

Q4

27,271

60

25,878

60

2,208

63

20008

Q1

27,141

60

25,75560

2,290

64

Q2

27,167

60

25,759

60

2,304

83

Q3

27,203

60

0

25,799

60

0

2,323

64

1

Q4

27,050

59

-1

25,612

60

-1

2,385

64

3

2009

Q1

26,763

59

-1

25,308

59

-1

2,357

63

-1

Q23

*26,552

58

-1

*25,130

58

-1

*2,315

83

-2

Non-UK EU nationalsEU A8 nationals2Non-EU nationals

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

Number

Rate

% change from previous quarter

2006

Q3

776

65

297

79

1,182

62

Q4

856

66

345

80

1,152

60

2007

Q1

992

67

370

80

1,098

57

Q2

989

68

431

81

1,154

58

Q3

991

69

430

82

1,161

59

Q4

1,029

79

469

83

1,180

58

20008

Q1

1,087

70

500

82

1,203

59

Q2

1,085

70

499

83

1,219

58

Q3

1,070

70

-1

504

83

1

1,253

59

3

Q4

1,077

69

1

470

80

-7

1,308

60

4

2009

Q1

1,122

69

4

500

81

7

1,236

59

-6

Q23

*1,107

68-1

**501

81

0

*1,208

57

-2

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

2 EU A8 comprises Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

3 Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period 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