This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.Jump to full report >>
Between October 2017 and September 2018 the employment rate was highest in the South West (78.7%) and lowest in Northern Ireland (69.4%).
Employment rates across the UK fell following the 2008 recession, but since 2011/12, employment rates across all regions and countries have been increasing. Employment rates are currently higher than their pre-recession levels in all UK regions and countries.
Between October 2017 and September 2018 the unemployment rate was highest in the North East (5.2%) and lowest in the South West (2.9%).
Unemployment rates across the UK rose following the recession, but since 2011/12, employment rates across all regions and countries have been falling. The unemployment rate is now less than pre-recession levels in all UK regions and countries except Northern Ireland.
Between October 2017 and September 2018 part-time working was most prevalent in the South West where 30.5% of those in employment were working part-time. Part-time working was least prevalent in London where 21.7% of those in employment were working part-time.
Self-employment was most prevalent in London where 18.8% of those in employment were self-employed. Self-employment was least prevalent in Scotland and the North East where 12.0% of workers were self-employed.
The latest statistics from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings show that in April 2018 average weekly earnings were highest for full-time employees living in London (£671) and lowest in the North East (£512).
Average weekly earnings for full-time employees are, after adjusting for changes in prices, below their pre-recession levels in every region and country in the UK except Northern Ireland.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
Author: Andy Powell