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Manufacturing Industries: Manpower

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of people employed in manufacturing in (a) the UK, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) Stroud constituency in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 2000 and (iv) the latest year for which figures are available. (310984)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what estimate has been made of the number and proportion of people employed in manufacturing in (a) the UK, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) Stroud constituency in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 2000 and (iv) the latest year for which figures are available. (310984)

Table 1 shows the number of employees in the manufacturing sector for the United Kingdom. Table 2 shows the number of employees in the manufacturing sector at the regional level. Figures for both tables are for the number of employees and exclude self employed. At a regional level figures are unavailable for 1980 and 1990 and so estimates for the nearest available period have been provided.

Table 1: Number and proportion of employees in the manufacturing sector in the United Kingdom

Period

Employees (thousand)

Proportion of people employed in the manufacturing sector (percentage)

1980

6,209

26.0

1990

4,664

19.2

2000

3,886

15.0

2008

2,835

10.5

Note:

Figures are based on a quarterly series. 1980, 1990, 2000 are based on quarter 4, 2008 is based on quarter 3. This is consistent with the annual figures in table 2.

Source:

Workforce jobs

Table 2: Number and proportion of employees in the manufacturing sector in Gloucestershire and Stroud constituency

Gloucestershire

Stroud constituency

Period

Employees (thousand)

Proportion (percentage)

Employees (thousand)

Proportion (percentage)

19811

65.5

32.7

n/a

n/a

19912

49.1

24.8

9.4

30.5

20003

48.2

20.3

8.8

25.1

20083

37.3

14.8

9.2

22.3

1 Figures are from the Census of employment based on SIC(68).

2 Figures are from the Annual Census of Employment.

3 Figures are from the Annual Business Inquiry. Estimates from the Annual Business Inquiry for 2000 and 2008 are on different bases. An assessment of changes in survey methodology suggests that the estimated total number of employees for the manufacturing sector for GB was increased by 8,000 or 0.3 per cent. Direct comparisons of employee estimates over these different periods and surveys should be treated with caution.