Labour force facts and figures

The labour market characteristics of working age residents in the borough show proportions greater than the national average of people classed as economically inactive. Of these, the borough has a larger proportion described as ‘looking after home and family’.

For people classed as economically active, employment levels for both males and females are below the national and regional averages. Overall unemployment rates, are higher in the borough.

Earnings levels are available as workplace and resident based figures. Workplace based wages for the borough appear consistently at a higher level than resident based wages. People who work in the borough, have on average, higher earnings than those who live in the borough. This may suggest that people commute into the borough for some of the better paid jobs, rather than these being taken by residents.

Resident qualification levels at NVQ4 and above remain below the national and regional averages, despite showing a gradual increase over time, and this correlates with the low number of graduate opportunities currently available within the borough. The proportion of residents with no qualifications remains above regional and national averages but has fallen in recent years.

Within the boroughs secondary schools, Progress 8 attainment is above the English average and the majority of schools have been reported good or outstanding by Ofsted in recent years, with a local target of all schools being rated good or outstanding by 2020 being set by the borough’s Local Strategic Partnership.