The latest Annual Population Survey data, released by the Office for National Statistics a fortnight ago, shows Bexley having its highest employment rate for the last 5-years.
We have produced a labour market infographic highlighting the key findings. This can be downloaded by clicking here.
The data in this section relates to people who live in Bexley, but whose work (where applicable) will include those who work outside of the borough.
Covering the 12 months to June 2016, data shows Bexley’s working age gemployment rate at 78.3% putting it 4.5 percentage points higher than in the 12 months to June 2015. This gives Bexley the 6th highest employment rate of the 33 London boroughs.
The unemployment rate hit a 5-year low. At 5.0%, Bexley’s unemployment rate fell below that of London’s and Great Britain’s for the first time since the 12 months to December 2014.
Also making a mark on Bexley’s employment rate is the number of 16 to 19 year olds in work. The employment rate for this age cohort in the 12 months to June 2016 was 36.7% – a huge 19.6 percentage points higher than in the 12 months to June 2015 and suggesting that over a third of Bexley’s younger working-age residents are in employment.
Full-time / Part-time Split
75.3% of Bexley’s employed residents do so on a full-time basis, with employed male residents more likely to be full-time employment. 85.3% of Bexley’s employed male residents work full-time, compared to 63.9% of the borough’s employed female residents.
The number of Bexley residents working in high skilled occupations increased 16.1% in the 12 months to June 2016 to reach 28,800. This means 23.8% of Bexley’s employed residents work in high skilled jobs, with most of those working as science, research, engineering and technology professionals. The greatest growth in high skilled occupations (compared to the 12 months to June 2015) was seen in teaching and educational professionals, which grew by 70.0% over the period.
The number of Bexley residents working in upper middle skilled occupations also increased, up 7.5% to reach 35,700. This results in 29.5% of Bexley’s employed residents working in upper middle skilled jobs. Most of these residents work as business and public associate professionals, with the greatest growth (compared to the 12 months to June 2015) at 158.3% being seen in the protective service occupations.
The number of Bexley residents working in lower middle skilled occupations increased, up 10.9% to reach 45,600. Subsequently this group hosts the majority of Bexley’s employed residents, with 37.7% working in lower middle skilled occupations. Most of these residents work in administrative occupations, however sales occupations saw the greatest growth (compared to June 2015) of 53.6%.
The only group to show a decrease was the number of employed residents in low skilled occupations. This fell by 13.5% from the 12 months to June 2015 and means that just 9.0% of Bexley’s employed residents work in low skilled occupations. While most of these residents work in elementary administration and service occupations, the number working in this occupation group has fallen by 21.1% since the 12 months to June 2015.
The data in this section relates to jobs in Bexley, including people who work but do not live in the borough. Please note that, as the Annual Population Survey is a survey of people (not businesses), data on job numbers and job growth is deemed less robust than other surveys and should only be considered as representative.
Compared to the 12 months to June 2015, the number of jobs in Bexley grew by 7.9% in the 12 months to June 2016 to reach 72,200.
Of the 72,200 jobs, 69.9% are full-time with the remaining 31.1% being part-time.
The gender split of Bexley’s workforce is fairly even, with 53.6% of Bexley’s job being occupied by males and 46.4% being occupied by females.
Of the full-time jobs, 66.9% are occupied by males, but females dominate part-time jobs holding 80.5% of these jobs in the 12 months to June 2016.
Bexley’s workforce is continuing to get younger, with 1 in 20 Bexley jobs being occupied by a person aged 16 to 19. This has helped push the share of Bexley jobs held by those aged 16 to 24 up to 13.7% – over 1 in 7 jobs.
This has squeezed down the share of the workforce aged 25 to 49, which has reduced to 52.6% in the 12 months to June 2016 from 57.2% in the 12 months to June 2015.
Also being squeezed is the share of Bexley’s workforce aged 50+, with their share of Bexley’s jobs falling to 33.7% in the 12 months to June 2016 from 36.3% in the 12 months to June 2015.
Jobs by Occupation Group
Administrative and support services is Bexley’s largest occupation group at 11,400 jobs – up 3,500 (44.3%) from the 12 months to June 2015.
Managers, directors and senior officials and caring, leisure and other service occupations share Bexley’s smallest occupation group with 6,700 jobs in each. Compared to the 12 months to June 2015, managers, directors and senior officials increased by 100 jobs while caring, leisure and other service occupations decreased by 2,200 jobs.
Jobs by Occupation Skill Level
Based on the occupation skill level, the greatest percentage growth (compared to the 12 months to June 2015) was seen in high skill jobs which increased by 2,500 (a 21.0% increase). A more detailed review finds the greatest growth in high skill jobs occurring in the science, research, engineering and technology professionals which increased by 1,300 (118.2%).
The number of upper middle skill level jobs increased by 1,000 (6.0%) from the 12 months to June 2015. The more detailed review finds that the growth was driven by science, engineering and technology associate professionals and culture, media and sport occupations.
The number of lower middle skill jobs also increased, up 5,500 (20.1%) from the 12 months to June 2015. The more detailed review finds that the greatest growth in lower middle skill jobs was seen in administrative occupations, which increased by 2,100 (31.8%).
Only low skill jobs saw an overall decline in Bexley, with 4,200 fewer low skill jobs compared to the 12 months to June 2015 (a 40.4% decrease). The more detailed review finds that the greatest decrease was seen in elementary administration and service occupations which fell by 3,200 jobs over the period (a 34.0% decrease).
The Skill Level Split
55.0% of Bexley’s jobs are in low or lower middle skilled occupations. This is down 2.0 percentage points from the 12 months to June 2015 and demonstrates Bexley’s shift towards a higher skill demanding labour market.
|Low (8.7%)||Lower middle (46.3%)||Upper middle (24.8%)||High (20.3%)|
The next data release from the Annual Population Survey (covering the 12 months to September 2016) is due for release on the 18th January. We’ll post an update on the latest information once the data has been released an analysed.
Iconography from various artists at the Noun Project.