Labour Market

Employment statistics for Bournemouth

Bournemouth has a resident population of 194,500, 128,400 (66%) are of working age (16-64), this is a slightly higher percentage than England and Wales.  

The Annual Population Survey (APS) estimates that 80,500 people in Bournemouth are employees, while 11,600 are self-employed. The APS estimates around 4,800 people are unemployed.  The employment rate is around 73%. This is the slightly lower than England and Wales which has a rate of 74%.  

The claimant rate in October 2016 was 1.5% compared with 1.8% for England and Wales.

Local jobs

Bournemouth residents earn an average of £481.30 per week. The UK average is £527.7. Those working full-time in Bournemouth earned an average of £479.50 per week in 2015. 

Around 94% of jobs are in the service sector compared with 85% in England and Wales.  The manufacturing sector is responsible for 2% of employment, compared to over 8% in the rest of England and Wales.  The construction sector makes up 3% of employment, compared to 5% in rest of England and Wales.  In contrast the financial and insurance sector makes up 10% of employment in Bournemouth compared to just 4% in England and Wales. 

You can find information on the labour market on the National Statistics website. 

A Labour Market Profile for Bournemouth and its wards is on the NOMIS website.