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Job Vacancies

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many vacancies for (a) all jobs, (b) jobs of less than 16 hours a week and (c) jobs of 16 to 30 hours a week there were in each region and country of the UK in the latest period for which figures are available. (302455)

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 Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many vacancies for (a) all jobs (b) jobs of less than 16 hours a week and (c) jobs of 16 to 30 hours a week there were in each region and country of the UK in the latest period for which figures are available (302455).

The Office for National Statistics measures the number of vacancies in the UK using the ONS Vacancy Survey. There were an estimated 428,000 vacancies in the UK in the period August to October 2009 (seasonally adjusted). Estimates of the number of vacancies in regions and countries of the UK are not available from this source.

An alternative source of data is the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. This data only includes job vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and so is inconsistent with the UK estimates from the ONS Vacancy Survey, which covers a wider range of vacancies. However, geographical breakdowns of Jobcentre Plus data are available, apart from Northern Ireland.

Neither the ONS Vacancy Survey nor the Jobcentre Plus administrative data give details of whether vacancies are for less than 16 hours a week or between 16 and 30 hours a week. However, the Jobcentre Plus administrative data does give a split between full-time jobs, defined as 30 or more hours a week, and part-time jobs, defined as less than 30 hours a week.

Table 1, attached, shows the number of live unfilled job vacancies held by Jobcentre Plus for each English region, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain for October 2009. The table also shows the number of live unfilled vacancies that are for full-time and for part-time jobs.

Table 1: Number of full-time and part-time1 job vacancies2 in English regions, Wales, Scotland and Great Britain

Not seasonally adjusted

October 2009

Total vacancies

Full-time

Part-Time

North East

10,590

6,920

3,670

North West

35,925

25,322

10,603

Yorkshire and the Humber

23,456

15,818

7,638

East Midlands

28,058

21,500

6,558

West Midlands

27,436

20,101

7,335

East

24,451

16,266

8,185

London

25,695

19,243

6,452

South East

35,731

24,983

10,748

South West

26,293

16,883

9,410

Wales

13,736

9,409

4,327

Scotland

19,335

12,006

7,329

Great Britain

270,706

188,451

82,255

1 Full-time vacancies are for jobs involving 30 or more hours per week, part-time vacancies are for jobs involving less than 30 hours per week.

2 Job vacancies for English regions, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain are live unfilled vacancies from Jobcentre Plus administrative data. These are inconsistent with UK figures from the ONS Vacancy Survey, which covers a wider range of vacancies.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus Administrative data