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Employment

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she made of the number of people in employment who were (a) UK born, (b) non-UK born, (c) a UK national and (d) a non-UK national in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available; what the change in the level of employment was between those years; and for what proportion of the net change in employment each of those groups accounted between those years. (322169)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the number of people in employment who were (a) UK born, (b) non-UK born, (c) a UK national and (d) a non-UK national in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available; what the change in the level of employment was between those years; and for what proportion of the net change in employment each of those groups accounted between those years. (322169)

The requested information can be found in the following tables. The UK and non-UK estimates do not sum exactly to the totals, as the totals include some people who did not state their country of birth and nationality.

Number of people in employment by country of birth (thousand, not seasonally adjusted)

1997

2009

Difference between 1997 and 2009

Proportion of net change in total employment (percentage)

UK

24,547

25,236

689

28

Non-UK

1,975

3,735

1,760

72

Total

26,523

28,978

2,455

100

Number of people in employment by nationality (thousand, not seasonally adjusted)

1997

2009

Difference between 1997 and 2009

Proportion of net change in total employment (percentage)

UK

25,551

26,673

1,122

46

Non-UK

971

2,300

1,329

54

Total

26,523

28,978

2,455

100

As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Indications of the sampling variability of LFS aggregate estimates are provided in the Labour Market Statistical Bulletin.