Employment Survey

Business Register Employment Survey, 2012: ONS

  • The level of employees in the UK showed an increase of 0.5% between September 2011 and September 2012.
  • The number of UK full-time employees increased by 30,000, while the number of part-time employees increased by 96,000.
  • London had the largest growth in the number of employees, with an increase of 143,000. Scotland had the largest fall in the number of employees, with a decrease of 34,000.
  • The business administration and support services sector was the industrial grouping with the largest growth in the number of employees, with an increase of 71,000. Public administration had the largest fall in the number of employees, with a decrease of 36,000.
  • The level of employment (employees + working proprietors) showed an increase of 0.2%.

Consumer trends

Consumer trends, Q2 2013: ONS

  • In Q2 2013, household spending (adjusted for inflation) grew by 0.3% (£661m). The main positive contributor to growth was increased household spending on ‘Transport’.
  • Household spending has increased by 0.3% but still remains 2.8% below the peak of spending (in volume terms) in Q4 2007. Households purchased 4.0% more in volume terms this quarter compared with the recent low of Q2 2009.
  • The current price value of household spending, which includes inflation, shows how much UK households spent. In Q2 2013 current price spending increased by 0.9% compared with Q1, continuing the trend of positive growth which has continued since Q3 2009. Current price spending is now 15.1% higher than Q4 2007. Households current price spending was 19.1% higher in Q2 2013 than the recent low of Q2 2009.
  • The value of UK household spending per head, in current price terms, was £4,037, an increase of 0.7% on the quarter and 10.3% when compared with Q1 2008, the quarter prior to the first fall in expenditure, including inflation, since 1997.

Women in the labour market

Women in the labour market: ONS

  • Rising employment for women and falling employment for men over 40 years
  • Men have consistently higher employment rates than women above the age of 22
  • Employment rates for women lowest in Northern Ireland and London
  • Birmingham has the lowest employment rate among the smaller areas
  • Men with children more likely to work than those without – opposite picture for women
  • The employment rate gap between mothers in a couple and lone mothers smaller for those with older children
  • Men tend to work in the professional occupations associated with higher levels of pay than women
  • Women dominate employment within caring and leisure occupations
  • The number of women working within managerial roles slightly higher than the EU average
  • Female graduates more likely to work in a slightly lower skilled occupation group than men
  • Men make up the majority of workers in the top 10% of earners for all employees but the gap is lower for those under 30

What do we do?

What we do – national well-being, Sept 2013: ONS

  • In 2010/11, 78.5% of adults aged 16 and over in the UK who were in work reported being somewhat, mostly or completely satisfied with their job.
  • 16.8% of adults aged 16 and over in the UK reported they had done voluntary work several times a year or more in 2010/11, while 81.5% had never or almost never done any voluntary work.
  • Just over 6 in 10 (60.9%) of adults aged 16 and over in the UK were somewhat, mostly or completely satisfied with their amount of leisure time in 2010/11.
  • Over 8 in 10 (83.2%) adults aged 16 and over in England engaged with, or participated in, arts or cultural activity at least three times in the year prior to interview in 2012/13.
  • Between October 2011 and October 2012, 36.0% of adults aged 16 and over in England participated in at least 30 minutes of sport at moderate intensity at least once a week, equivalent to 15.51 million people.

Retail sales fall

Retail Sales, August 2013: ONS

  • Year-on-year estimates for August 2013 showed that the quantity bought in the retail industry increased by 2.1%. This continues the underlying pattern of growth seen since April 2013.
  • On the month, the picture was one of contraction. Following strong growth of 1.1% in July 2013, the quantity bought in the retail sector fell by 0.9% in August 2013. Despite this fall the level of goods bought remained high.
  • The main source of downward pressure came from the food sector (-2.7%), where feedback suggested that sales were back to a more normal level for this time of year. This followed a strong performance in the previous month (2.7%) when sales were boosted from the hot weather.
  • The prices of goods sold in the retail industry slowed from an annual increase of 1.8% in July 2013 to 1.6% in August 2013.  Consistent with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), the automotive fuel sector provided the largest contribution to this change with the prices of goods sold in this sector increasing by 1.5% compared with 2.6% in July 2013.
  • The main source of upward pressure to year-on-year estimates of the quantity bought in the retail industry came from the non-store retailing sector which includes retail businesses selling predominantly online, through mail order, or via stalls and markets.
  • From January 2013, the amount spent and quantity bought in the non-store retailing sector, have shown continued strength.  The exceptionally high growth in August 2013 compared with 2012 was largely due to the August 2012 figure where, feedback suggests, sales suffered as consumers watched the Olympics and Paralympics.