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Redundancy: Public Sector

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) voluntary and (b) involuntary redundancy rates in the public sector were in each (i) region and (ii) industrial category in each year since 1997. (318686)

I have been asked to reply.

Estimates of the total number of redundancies are available from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). However there is no available disaggregation between voluntary and involuntary redundancies or a regional breakdown.

The LFS provides information for whether employees work in the public or private sectors. However individuals recently made redundant are instead classified according to the industrial group of their previous job. The industrial group 'public administration, education and health' may act as a very broad approximation of the public sector. Although a large fraction of employees in and redundancies from the this industrial group are likely to be in the public sector, private sector firms also operate within this industry whilst there are also public sector employees in other sectors.

BIS estimates of redundancies from public administration, education and health and all other industries are provided in the third and fourth columns of Table 1 for the first quarter of each year since 1999, the earliest date available. These figures should only be treated as indicative as the LFS is a self classification survey completed by individuals. Some individuals are unlikely to identify exactly the industry in which they work.

The second column of Table 1 reports Office for National Statistics published figures for total economy-wide redundancy rates. These do not exactly match the other columns due to missing values in the industrial classification of redundancies.

Table 1: First quarter redundancy rates 1997-2009. Not seasonally adjusted.

Industrial breakdown

ONS total first quarter redundancy rates

Public administration, education and health

All other industries

1997

7.0

1998

7.4

1999

8.8

1.50

11.40

2000

7.8

0.97

10.32

2001

6.5

1.39

8.48

2002

8.4

1.24

11.11

2003

7.3

1.35

9.65

2004

5.9

0.89

7.97

2005

5.6

0.99

7.61

2006

5.9

1.20

8.06

2007

6.1

1.44

8.15

2008

4.7

1.37

6.21

2009

11.8

1.36

16.50

Source:

ONS Economic and Labour Market Statistics (column 2) and BIS analysis of Labour Force Survey (columns 3 and 4). The data is not seasonally adjusted although there are seasonal variations in the number of redundancies.