At present data are only available for the period to the end of the 2008 calendar year. In 2008 there were some 2,400 people employed in this sector, which represented a 23 per cent. reduction on the 2007 figure.
However, a comparison over this relatively short time period is unlikely to present a comprehensive picture. A clearer indication of the effect of the recession on the financial services sector in Portsmouth will emerge over time, as more information becomes available.