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Employment

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

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 years 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 such category was in each of the last 12 quarters. (315707)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 5 February 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, 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 years 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 such category was in each of the last 12 quarters. 315707

The information requested is shown in the attached table. 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 Statistical Bulletin, which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

Employment levels and rates for people aged over 16 years in employment1, 2 by nationality and country of birth. Three months ending March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009. United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand and percentage

Aged over 16 years

UK nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

UK born

Rate

Annual % change in level

Foreign nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

2006 Q4

27,142

60

0

25,830

60

0

2,008

62

3

2007 Q1

26,953

60

0

25,622

60

-1

2,021

61

13

2007 Q2

26,949

60

0

25,616

60

0

2,143

62

14

2007 Q3

27,219

60

0

25,825

60

0

2,152

63

10

2007 Q4

27,271

60

0

25,878

60

0

2,208

63

10

2008 Q1

27,141

60

1

25,755

60

1

2,290

64

13

2008 Q2

27,167

60

1

25,759

60

1

2,304

63

8

2008 Q3

27,203

60

0

25,799

60

0

2,323

64

8

2008 Q4

27,050

59

-1

25,612

60

-1

2,385

64

8

2009 Q1

26,763

59

-1

25,308

59

-2

2,357

63

3

2009 Q2

26,552

58

-2

25,130

58

-2

2,315

62

0

2009 Q35

26,762

58

*-2

25,350

59

*-2

2,277

63

*-2

Thousand and percentage

Aged over 16 years

Non-UK EU nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

EU A8 nationals4

Rate

Annual % change in level

Non-EU nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

2006 Q4

856

66

10

345

80

16

1,152

60

-3

2007 Q1

922

67

25

370

80

53

1,098

57

4

2007 Q2

989

68

35

431

81

71

1,154

58

1

2007 Q3

991

69

28

430

82

44

1,161

59

-2

2007 Q4

1,029

70

20

469

83

36

1,180

58

2

2008 Q1

1,087

70

18

500

82

35

1,203

59

10

2008 Q2

1,085

70

10

499

83

16

1,219

58

6

2008 Q3

1,070

70

8

504

83

17

1,253

59

8

2008 Q4

1,077

69

5

470

80

0

1,308

60

11

2009 Q1

1,122

69

3

500

81

0

1,236

59

3

2009 Q2

1,107

68

2

501

81

0

1,208

57

-1

2009 Q35

1,090

69

*2

484

82

**-4

1,187

58

*-5

Employment levels and rates for people of working age3 in employment1, 2 by nationality and country of birth. Three months ending March, June, September and December, 2006 to 2009. United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand and percentage

Working age3

UK nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

UK born

Rate

Annual % change in level

Foreign nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

2006 Q4

25,991

75

0

24,744

76

0

1,962

69

3

2007 Q1

25,794

75

-1

24,529

75

-1

1,978

67

12

2007 Q2

25,784

75

-1

24,508

75

-1

2,103

68

15

2007 Q3

26,023

75

0

24,694

76

-1

2,113

69

10

2007 Q4

26,050

76

0

24,718

76

0

2,173

68

11

2008 Q1

25,870

75

0

24,547

75

0

2,254

69

14

2008 Q2

25,882

75

0

24,532

75

0

2,266

69

8

2008 Q3

25,928

75

0

24,580

76

0

2,279

69

8

2008 Q4

25,749

75

-1

24,372

75

-1

2,342

69

8

2009 Q1

25,454

74

-2

24,067

74

-2

2,313

69

3

2009 Q2

25,227

73

-3

23,881

73

-3

2,268

67

0

2009 Q35

25,416

73

*-2

24,082

74

*-2

2,227

68

*-2

Thousand and percentage

Working age3

Non-UK EU nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

EU A8 nationals4

Rate

Annual % change in level

Non-EU nationals

Rate

Annual % change in level

2006 Q4

828

77

10

344

82

16

1,134

64

-2

2007 Q1

897

77

25

368

81

53

1,080

60

3

2007 Q2

969

77

36

431

82

71

1,134

62

1

2007 Q3

969

78

29

430

84

45

1,144

62

-1

2007 Q4

1,010

79

22

469

84

36

1,163

61

3

2008 Q1

1,068

79

19

500

83

36

1,186

62

10

2008 Q2

1,065

79

10

498

84

16

1,201

62

6

2008 Q3

1,045

79

8

504

84

17

1,234

63

8

2008 Q4

1,052

77

4

470

81

0

1,290

63

11

2009 Q1

1,097

78

3

500

83

0

1,215

62

2

2009 Q2

1,078

77

1

500

82

0

1,190

60

-1

2009 Q35

1,060

77

*1

483

83

**-4

1,168

62

*-5

1 Includes self-employed and unpaid family workers.

2 Excludes those whose nationality was not known.

3 Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.

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

5 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:

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