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Labour Market

This section looks at data relating to the labour market.  Click on the links on the left to access statistics on activity rates; numbers of businesses and numbers of employees (Business Register & Employment Survey); data on earnings and socio-economic classifications.

Bournemouth has a resident population of 164,900 of which 102,800 (62%) are of working age.  This is similar to England and Wales as a whole.  The Annual Population Survey estimates that Bournemouth has an economically active population of around 76,200, of these approximately 65,000 are employees and 10,600 are self-employed.  The employment rate is around 70.2%; allowing for sampling error this figure is comparable with 72.8% in England and Wales.  There are around 23,800 (23.8%) people of working age in Bournemouth who are economically inactive of which 102,800 (62%) are of working age.  This is similar to England and Wales as a whole. 

The claimant rate| in April 2011 was 3.4% compared with 1.6% in Dorset and 2.2% in Poole however the claimant rate is lower than several other authorities that the Audit Commission considers similar such as Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton and Hove. 

Earnings| for Bournemouth residents and workers are lower than the national average.  The gross weekly pay of a full-time worker in Bournemouth in 2010 is £425.9, while the figure for the Bournemouth residents is £460.0 compared with £498.80 in the UK.  This may in part be due to the area’s significant number of service based jobs in the leisure and tourism industry, which tend, to be lower paid.  The gross weekly pay of those employed in Bournemouth is lower than for Bournemouth residents.  The data suggests that some Bournemouth residents are working elsewhere to achieve higher salaries.

Bournemouth is a service-based local economy| with 91.4% of jobs in the service sector.  Just 3.2% of jobs are in manufacturing compared with 10.1% in Great Britain as a whole.  Bournemouth’s construction sector makes up 3.2% of employee jobs compared with 4.8% in Great Britain.  Tourism related employment comprises 10.7% of employee jobs compared with 6.8% in Great Britain generally.

Most jobs notified to jobcentres in Bournemouth are in the banking, finance and insurance sector (71%), followed by 8.5% in transport and communications.  It is estimated that only around a third of all vacancies are advertised through jobcentres so the data helps provides an indication of the sectors currently actively recruiting staff.

Further information on the labour market can be found on the National Statistics site.|

A Labour Market Profile for Bournemouth or for individual wards can be found on the NOMIS site.|

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