Labour Market Profile - Great Britain

The profile brings together data from several sources. Details about these and related terminology are given in the definitions section.

All figures are the most recent available.

Resident Population

  Great Britain
(level)
United Kingdom
(level)
All people 63,258,400 65,110,000
Males 31,165,300 32,074,400
Females 32,093,100 33,035,600
Source: Population estimates - local authority based by five year age band
  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
All people 40,066,400 63.3 41,241,000 63.3
Males 19,963,000 64.1 20,544,700 64.1
Females 20,103,400 62.6 20,696,300 62.6
Source: Population estimates - local authority based by five year age band
Notes:   % is a proportion of total population

Labour Supply

  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
All people
Economically active† 32,466,000 78.5 33,351,000 78.4
In employment† 30,872,000 74.6 31,705,000 74.4
Unemployed§ 1,594,000 4.9 1,646,000 4.9
Economically inactive‡ 8,563,000 21.5 8,874,000 21.6
Males
Economically active† 17,299,000 83.7 17,781,000 83.6
In employment† 16,428,000 79.4 16,878,000 79.2
Unemployed§ 871,000 5.0 903,000 5.1
Economically inactive‡ 3,218,000 16.3 3,333,000 16.4
Females
Economically active† 15,167,000 73.3 15,570,000 73.1
In employment† 14,444,000 69.8 14,827,000 69.6
Unemployed§ 723,000 4.8 742,000 4.8
Economically inactive‡ 5,345,000 26.7 5,540,000 26.9
Source: Labour Force Survey
†   -   level are for those aged 16 and over, % are for those aged 16-64
‡   -   level and % are for those aged 16-64
§   -   level and % are for those aged 16 and over. % is a proportion of economically active

  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
All people
Total 8,814,400 22.2 9,132,700 22.3
Student 2,289,300 26.0 2,370,600 26.0
looking after family/home 2,184,300 24.8 2,263,700 24.8
temporary sick 205,200 2.3 210,800 2.3
long-term sick 1,978,600 22.4 2,077,500 22.7
discouraged 35,300 0.4 38,400 0.4
retired 1,213,300 13.8 1,247,900 13.7
other 908,500 10.3 923,900 10.1
 
wants a job 2,166,400 24.6 2,223,100 24.3
does not want a job 6,648,000 75.4 6,909,600 75.7
Source: ONS annual population survey
Notes:   numbers are for those aged 16-64.
  % is a proportion of those economically inactive, except total, which is a proportion of those aged 16-64
  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
Soc 2010 major group 1-3 13,500,500 44.6 13,796,700 44.4
1 Managers, directors and senior officials 3,158,800 10.4 3,219,300 10.3
2 Professional occupations 6,047,800 19.9 6,199,700 19.8
3 Associate professional & technical 4,293,900 14.1 4,377,700 14.0
Soc 2010 major group 4-5 6,435,700 21.3 6,644,300 21.4
4 Administrative & secretarial 3,239,100 10.6 3,330,800 10.7
5 Skilled trades occupations 3,196,700 10.5 3,313,500 10.6
Soc 2010 major group 6-7 5,125,100 16.9 5,283,600 17.0
6 Caring, leisure and other service occupations 2,808,000 9.2 2,886,500 9.2
7 Sales and customer service occs 2,317,100 7.6 2,397,100 7.7
Soc 2010 major group 8-9 5,216,000 17.2 5,371,100 17.3
8 Process plant & machine operatives 1,946,300 6.4 2,012,800 6.4
9 Elementary occupations 3,269,700 10.8 3,358,300 10.7
Source: ONS annual population survey
Notes:   level and % are for those aged 16+
  % is a proportion of all persons in employment
  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
Individual levels
NVQ4 and above 14,681,200 37.1 15,022,900 36.9
NVQ3 6,755,700 17.1 6,928,400 17.0
Trade Apprenticeships 1,274,700 3.2 1,344,600 3.3
NVQ2 6,406,000 16.2 6,611,500 16.2
NVQ1 4,490,800 11.3 4,612,500 11.3
Other qualifications 2,576,100 6.5 2,632,800 6.5
No qualifications 3,391,100 8.6 3,579,100 8.8
Composite levels
NVQ4 and above 14,681,200 37.1 15,022,900 36.9
NVQ3 and above 22,711,600 57.4 23,295,900 57.2
NVQ2 and above 29,117,600 73.6 29,907,400 73.4
NVQ1 and above 33,608,400 84.9 34,519,900 84.7
Source: ONS annual population survey
Notes:   For an explanation of the qualification levels see the definitions section.
  level and % are for those aged 16-64
  % is a proportion of resident population of area aged 16-64
  Great Britain
(pounds)
United Kingdom
(pounds)
Gross weekly pay
Full-time workers 529.6 527.7
Male full-time workers 570.4 567.2
Female full-time workers 471.6 471.2
Hourly pay - excluding overtime
Full-time workers 13.33 13.29
Male full-time workers 13.93 13.84
Female full-time workers 12.57 12.54
Source: ONS annual survey of hours and earnings - resident analysis
Note:   Median earnings in pounds for employees living in the area.

Out-Of-Work Benefits

The seasonally adjusted estimates in this table are consistent with the headline JSA measure.

  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
All people 722,416 2.2 759,116 2.2
Males 457,148 2.6 482,548 2.6
Females 265,268 1.7 276,568 1.7
Source: ONS Claimant Count - seasonally adjusted
Note:   % is a proportion of claimants + workforce jobs total

The estimates in the table below are not consistent with the headline claimant measure. However, they are consitent with the local area figures.

  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
All people 706,385 2.1 742,065 2.2
Males 447,965 2.5 472,645 2.6
Females 258,420 1.6 269,425 1.7
Source: ONS Claimant count by sex and age
Note:   % is a proportion of claimants + workforce jobs total
  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
Aged 16+ 706,385 1.8 742,065 1.8
Aged 16 to 17 755 0.1 765 0.0
Aged 18 to 24 142,980 2.5 151,645 2.6
Aged 18 to 21 81,080 2.6 85,910 2.7
Aged 25 to 49 390,955 1.8 409,525 1.9
Aged 50+ 170,930 1.5 179,195 1.5
Source: ONS Claimant count by sex and age
Note:   % is number of persons claiming JSA as a proportion of resident population of the same age
  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
Total claimants 4,708,930 11.8
By statistical group
Job seekers 580,410 1.5
ESA and incapacity benefits 2,490,530 6.2
Lone parents 424,130 1.1
Carers 643,570 1.6
Others on income related benefits 97,220 0.2
Disabled 402,830 1.0
Bereaved 70,230 0.2
Main out-of-work benefits† 3,592,300 9.0
Source: DWP benefit claimants - working age client group
Notes:   †   Main out-of-work benefits includes the groups: job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits. See the Definitions and Explanations below for details
  % is a proportion of resident population of area aged 16-64
  Northern Ireland and United Kingdom figures are not available for this dataset

Labour Demand

  Great Britain
(jobs)
Great Britain
(density)
United Kingdom
(jobs)
United Kingdom
(density)
Jobs density 32,621,000 0.82 33,469,000 0.82
Source: ONS jobs density
Notes:   The density figures represent the ratio of total jobs to population aged 16-64.
  Total jobs includes employees, self-employed, government-supported trainees and HM Forces
  Great Britain
(level)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(level)
United Kingdom
(%)
Total 33,380,000 - 34,255,000 -
A : Agriculture, forestry and fishing 366,000 1.1 400,000 1.2
B : Mining and quarrying 66,000 0.2 68,000 0.2
C : Manufacturing 2,591,000 7.8 2,680,000 7.8
D : Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 130,000 0.4 133,000 0.4
E : Water supply; sewerage, waste management 212,000 0.6 216,000 0.6
F : Construction 2,241,000 6.7 2,293,000 6.7
G : Wholesale and retail trade; repair of vehicles 4,856,000 14.5 4,996,000 14.6
H : Transportation and storage 1,553,000 4.7 1,588,000 4.6
I : Accommodation and food service activities 2,236,000 6.7 2,290,000 6.7
J : Information and communication 1,342,000 4.0 1,364,000 4.0
K : Financial and insurance activities 1,130,000 3.4 1,151,000 3.4
L : Real estate activities 520,000 1.6 527,000 1.5
M : Professional, scientific and technical activities 2,961,000 8.9 2,997,000 8.7
N : Administrative and support service activities 2,848,000 8.5 2,902,000 8.5
O : Public administration and defence 1,425,000 4.3 1,492,000 4.4
P : Education 2,867,000 8.6 2,942,000 8.6
Q : Human health and social work activities 4,118,000 12.3 4,252,000 12.4
R : Arts, entertainment and recreation 951,000 2.8 971,000 2.8
S : Other service activities 896,000 2.7 921,000 2.7
T : Activities of households as employers;... 73,000 0.2 73,000 0.2
Source: ONS workforce jobs by industry (SIC 2007) - seasonally adjusted
Notes:   % is a proportion of is proportion of total workforce jobs
  Great Britain
(pounds)
United Kingdom
(pounds)
Gross weekly pay
Full-time workers 529.0 527.7
Male full-time workers 569.9 567.2
Female full-time workers 471.5 471.2
Hourly pay
Full-time workers 13.32 13.29
Male full-time workers 13.91 13.84
Female full-time workers 12.56 12.54
Source: ONS annual survey of hours and earnings - workplace analysis
Note:   Median earnings in pounds for employees working in the area.

Businesses

  Great Britain
(numbers)
Great Britain
(%)
United Kingdom
(numbers)
United Kingdom
(%)
Enterprises
Micro (0 to 9) 2,113,755 88.7 2,173,355 88.7
Small (10 to 49) 221,575 9.3 227,770 9.3
Medium (50 to 249) 37,895 1.6 38,940 1.6
Large (250+) 9,145 0.4 9,350 0.4
Total 2,382,370 - 2,449,415 -
Local Units
Micro (0 to 9) 2,362,020 83.6 2,362,020 83.6
Small (10 to 49) 375,165 13.3 375,165 13.3
Medium (50 to 249) 76,645 2.7 76,645 2.7
Large (250+) 11,660 0.4 11,660 0.4
Total 2,825,485 - 2,825,485 -
Source: Inter Departmental Business Register (ONS)
Note:   % is as a proportion of total (enterprises or local units)

Definitions and Explanations

Resident Population
The estimated population of an area includes all those usually resident in the area, whatever their nationality. HM Forces stationed outside the United Kingdom are excluded but foreign forces stationed here are included. Students are taken to be resident at their term-time address.
Labour Supply

Labour supply consists of people who are employed, as well as those people defined as unemployed or economically inactive, who can be considered to be potential labour supply. Information in this section relates to the characteristics of people living in an area.

Most labour supply data comes from the Annual Population Survey (APS). The APS is the largest regular household survey in the United Kingdom. It includes data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), plus further sample boosts in England, Wales and Scotland. The survey includes data from a sample of around 256,000 people aged 16 and over.

As APS estimates are based on samples, they are subject to sampling variability. This means that if another sample for the same period were drawn, a different estimate might be produced. In general, the larger the number of people in a sample, the smaller the variation between estimates. Estimates for smaller areas such as local authorities are therefore less reliable than those for larger areas such as regions. When the sample size is too small to produce reliable estimates, the estimates are replaced with a #.

Economically Active
Economically active
People who are either in employment or unemployed.
Economic activity rate
People, who are economically active, expressed as a percentage of all people.
In employment
People who did some paid work in the reference week (whether as an employee or self employed); those who had a job that they were temporarily away from (eg, on holiday); those on government-supported training and employment programmes; and those doing unpaid family work.
Employment rate
The number of people in employment expressed as a percentage of all people aged 16-64.
Employees and self employed
The division between employees and self employed is based on survey respondents' own assessment of their employment status. The percentage show the number in each category as a percentage of all people aged 16-64. The sum of employees and self employed will not equal the in employment figure due to the inclusion of those on government-supported training and employment programmes, and those doing unpaid family work in the latter.
Unemployed
Refers to people without a job who were available to start work in the two weeks following their interview and who had either looked for work in the four weeks prior to interview or were waiting to start a job they had already obtained.
Model-based unemployed

As unemployed form a small percentage of the population, the APS unemployed estimates within local authorities are based on very small samples so for many areas would be unreliable. To overcome this ONS has developed a statistical model that provides better estimates of total unemployed for unitary authorities and local authority districts (unemployment estimates for counties are direct survey estimates). Model-based estimates are not produced for male or female unemployed.

The model-based estimate improves on the APS estimate by borrowing strength from the measure of those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance to produce an estimate that is more precise (i.e. has a smaller confidence interval). The amount of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is not itself a measure of unemployment but is strongly correlated with unemployment, and, as it is an administrative count, is known without sampling error. The gain in precision is greatest for areas with smaller sample sizes.

Unemployment rate
Unemployed as a percentage of the economically active population.
Economically inactive
Economically inactive
People who are neither in employment nor unemployed. This group includes, for example, all those who were looking after a home or retired.
Wanting a job
People not in employment who want a job but are not classed as unemployed because they have either not sought work in the last four weeks or are not available to start work.
Not wanting a job
People who are neither in employment nor unemployed and who do not want a job.
Occupation
Occupations are classified according to the Standard Occupation Classification 2010. Descriptions of the job titles included in each code are available in the SOC manuals.
Qualifications

Qualifications data are only be available from the APS for calendar year periods, for example, Jan to Dec 2005. The variables show the total number of people who are qualified at a particular level and above, so data in this table are not additive. Separate figures for each NVQ level are available in the full Annual Population Survey data set (wizard/advanced query).

The trade apprenticeships are split 50/50 between NVQ level 2 and 3. This follows ONS policy for presenting qualifications data in publications. Separate counts for trade apprenticeships can be obtained from the full APS data set (wizard/advanced query).

No qualifications
No formal qualifications held.
Other qualifications
includes foreign qualifications and some professional qualifications.
NVQ 1 equivalent
e.g. fewer than 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, foundation GNVQ, NVQ 1, intermediate 1 national qualification (Scotland) or equivalent.
NVQ 2 equivalent
e.g. 5 or more GCSEs at grades A-C, intermediate GNVQ, NVQ 2, intermediate 2 national qualification (Scotland) or equivalent.
NVQ 3 equivalent
e.g. 2 or more A levels, advanced GNVQ, NVQ 3, 2 or more higher or advanced higher national qualifications (Scotland) or equivalent.
NVQ 4 equivalent and above
e.g. HND, Degree and Higher Degree level qualifications or equivalent.
Earnings by Residence

The figures show the median earnings in pounds for employees living in the area who are on adults rates of pay and whose pay was not affected by absence. Figures for earnings come from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). The ASHE is based on a 1 per cent sample of employees, information on whose earnings and hours is obtained from employers. The survey does not cover self-employed. Information relates to a pay period in April.

The earnings information collected relates to gross pay before tax, national insurance or other deductions, and excludes payments in kind. It is restricted to earnings relating to the survey pay period and so excludes payments of arrears from another period made during the survey period; any payments due as a result of a pay settlement but not yet paid at the time of the survey will also be excluded.

Out-Of-Work Benefits
Claimant Count (Experimental Statistics)

The Claimant Count is the number of people claiming benefit principally for the reason of being unemployed. This is measured by combining the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance credits with the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed. Claimants declare that they are out of work, capable of, available for and actively seeking work during the week in which the claim is made.

The measure of the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed is still being developed by the Department for Work and Pensions. Consequently this component of the total Claimant Count does not yet correctly reflect the target population of unemployed claimants and is subject to revisions. For this reason the Claimant Count is currently designated as Experimental Statistics.

The Claimant Count is mostly derived from DWP administrative systems. For various reasons, e.g. a claimant's National Insurance number is not known, a small number of claims have to be dealt with manually. These clerical claims do not have as much detail as the computerised claims and therefore, whilst part of the claimant count by sex table, cannot be included the age breakdown.

Seasonal Adjustment

Like many economic indicators, the labour market is affected by factors that tend to occur at around the same time every year; for example, school leavers entering the labour market in July and whether Easter falls in March or April. In order to aid comparison of movements, other than annual changes in labour market statistics, some headline measures are seasonally adjusted to remove the effects of seasonal factors and the arrangement of the calendar. However, due to resource constraints, it is not possible to seasonally adjust all series. So for those that have not been seasonally adjusted, the figures will still be influenced by seasonal effects.

Rates by age

Unemployment benefits normally only apply to people aged 18 years and over. They can only be claimed by 16 and 17 year olds in exceptional circumstances. Consequently the counts for this age group are typically very low.

DWP Working-Age Client Group

The number of working-age people who are claiming one or more main DWP benefits. The main benefits are: bereavement benefit, carer's allowance, disability living allowance, ESA and incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, income support, jobseeker's allowance, and widow's benefit. The age at which women reach State Pension age is gradually increasing from 60 to 65 between April 2010 and April 2020. Throughout this period, only women below State Pension age are counted as working age benefit claimants."

The total count is broken down by statistical groups. These categorise each person according to the main reason why they are claiming benefit. Each client is classified to a single group.

Benefits are arranged hierarchically and claimants are assigned to a group according to the top most benefit they receive. Thus a person who is a lone parent and receives Incapacity Benefit would be classified as incapacity benefits. Consequently, the group lone parent will not contain all lone parents as some will be included in the incapacity benefits group and Job seekers groups.

Main out-of-work benefits consists of the groups: job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits.

These groups have been chosen to best represent a count of all those benefit recipients who cannot be in full-time employment as part of their condition of entitlement. Those claiming solely Bereavement Benefits or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are not included as these are not out-of-work or income based benefits. DLA is paid to those needing help with personal care. These people can, and some will, be in full-time employment. If DLA claimants are also in receipt of JSA, IS, ESA or Incapacity Benefits in addition to DLA they will be counted under the relevant statistical group. In addition, we exclude those claiming solely carer's benefits or claiming carer's benefits alongside income support, as DWP does not pursue active labour market policies for this group. Carers benefits are paid to those with full time caring responsibilities. The group entitled to Carer's benefits alongside Income Support (IS) includes around 86,000 claimants and has been stable over time.

This Nomis series is different to that published in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Market Statistics Bulletin (table 25) and on the DWP website at http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/wa/tabtool_wa.html (against the link entitled "One-Click" Key Out-of-Work Benefits). This Nomis series uses DWP Jobseeker's Allowance numbers, whilst the other two series use the ONS Jobseeker's Allowance figures, using different methods and reference periods.

UK Business Counts

The data contained in the table are compiled from an extract taken from the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) recording the position of units as at March of the reference year. The IDBR contains information on VAT traders and PAYE employers in a statistical register which provides the basis for the Office for National Statistics to conduct surveys of businesses.

The table presents analysis of businesses at both Enterprise and Local Unit level. An Enterprise is the smallest combination of legal units (generally based on VAT and/or PAYE records) which has a certain degree of autonomy within an Enterprise Group. An individual site (for example a factory or shop) in an enterprise is called a local unit.

The employment information on the IDBR is drawn mainly from the Business Register Employment Survey (BRES). Because this is based on a sample of enterprises, estimates from previous returns and from other ONS surveys have also been used. For the smallest units, either PAYE jobs or employment imputed from VAT turnover is used.

Estimates in the table are rounded to prevent disclosure.

Labour Demand

Labour demand includes jobs available within the area.

Jobs Density

The level of jobs per resident aged 16-64. For example, a job density of 1.0 would mean that there is one job for every resident aged 16-64.

The total number of jobs is a workplace-based measure and comprises employee jobs, self-employed, government-supported trainees and HM Forces. The number of residents aged 16-64 figures used to calculate jobs densities are based on the relevant mid-year population estimates.

Workforce Jobs (WFJ)

Workforce Jobs (WFJ) is a quarterly measure of the number of jobs in the UK and is the preferred measure of the change in jobs by industry. Estimates are only available at national and regional level.

It is a compound source that draws on a range of employer surveys, household surveys and administrative sources. WFJ is the sum of employee jobs measured primarily by employer surveys, self-employment jobs from the Labour Force Survey, and government-supported trainees and Her Majesty's Forces from administrative sources.

The industry codes used in the table are Standard Industrial Classification 2007 Sections. Refer to the SIC 2007 manuals for details of the activities included in each Section.

Earnings by Workplace

The figures show the median earnings in pounds for employees working in the area who are on adults rates of pay and whose pay was not affected by absence. Figures for earnings come from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). The ASHE is based on a 1 per cent sample of employees, information on whose earnings and hours is obtained from employers. The survey does not cover self-employed. In 2004 information related to the pay period which included 21 April.

The earnings information collected relates to gross pay before tax, national insurance or other deductions, and excludes payments in kind. It is restricted to earnings relating to the survey pay period and so excludes payments of arrears from another period made during the survey period; any payments due as a result of a pay settlement but not yet paid at the time of the survey will also be excluded.

Jobcentre plus vacancies

The figures in the tables are based on the number of live unfilled vacancies handled by Jobcentre Plus. These are vacancies actively available to jobseekers on the count date and are derived as a by-product of administrative systems. Users should be aware of the following points when using and interpreting the series:

  • Coverage relates just to vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and as such represent a market share of vacancies throughout the whole economy. This proportion varies over time, according to the occupation of the vacancy and industry of the employer, and by local area.

  • The time-series is susceptible to discontinuities arising from changes to vacancy taking and vacancy handling (e.g. 2006 changes to employer follow-up processes).

  • Local area data can throw up spurious figures. For example, Lincoln local authority includes all national vacancies notified by the Ministry of Defence since these are recorded against a single central postcode irrespective of actual location.

For further details see: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/articles/406.aspx

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