There were 2.7 million persons with jobs in tourism characteristic industries in the UK in 2011, 9.1 per cent of all employment.
London and the South East were home to 30 per cent of all employment in tourism characteristic industries in the UK in 2011, highlighting the importance of the capital and surrounding areas to the nation’s tourism employment.
The tourism share of regional employment was highest in London, Scotland and Wales with employment in tourism accounting for 10 per cent of all employment these areas.
At a sub-regional level greater variation has been found than for the region as a whole. At the NUTS 3 level; Torbay (17%), Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, Arran & Cumbrae and Argyll & Bute (15%), Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (15%), Gwynedd (15%), and East Cumbria (14%) have the highest proportions of persons with main or second jobs in tourism characteristic industries.
Data from the Annual population Survey estimates that employment in main and second jobs in tourism industries in the UK was 2.7 million in 2011, 9.1 per cent of the total for all industries. In this release we reveal how this total is distributed across regions and sub-regions of the UK.
Table 1 shows the totals for individual tourism characteristic industry groups and highlights the importance of the food and beverage serving industry for employment compared with all other tourism industries in the UK.
|Industry Group||Employment in main & second jobs 2011 (1,000s)||Percentage of total for all industries|
|1||Accommodation for visitors||347||1.2|
|2||Food and beverage serving activities||1,179||3.9|
|3||Railway passenger transport||71||0.2|
|4||Road passenger transport||235||0.8|
|5||Water passenger transport||13||0.0|
|6||Air passenger transport||51||0.2|
|7||Transport equipment rental||26||0.1|
|8||Travel agencies & other reservation services activities||104||0.3|
|10||Sports and recreational activities||442||1.5|
|11||Exhibition and conference activities||27||0.1|
|Subtotal: Tourism industries||2,722||9.1|
|Subtotal: Non-tourism industries||27,213||90.9|
|Total: all industries||29,935||100.0|
Other statistics in this paper are presented by four summary groups for tourism characteristic industries that relate to (i) accommodation, (ii) food and beverage serving, (iii) passenger transport, vehicle rental and travel agencies and (iv) cultural, sports, recreational and exhibition / conference activities.
Figure 1 charts the proportions of employment in the workplaces of each of the 12 regions of the UK that were in the four summary tourism industries in 2011. This shows that in London 10.4 of all employment in the region was within tourism characteristic industries. Scotland, Wales and the English regions of the North East, South West and North West all have proportions of employment in tourism industries higher than the UK average.
Figure 2 shows the percentages of total UK employment in tourism and non-tourism industries by region in 2011. This gives an indication of the relative importance of each region to total UK tourism employment. This shows the importance of London as a host for employment in tourism, accounting for 16.6 per cent of total UK tourism employment but only hosting 14.3 per cent of employment in other (non tourism) industries.
The South East of England is also an important location for tourism employment with 13.3% of total UK tourism employment, although it actually has slightly more importance as a host for employment in non-tourism activities.
Map 1 shows the overall proportion of employment in tourism industries by NUTS3 area. This averages data from the APS for 2010 and 2011 to ensure that sample sizes are robust. It indicates that tourism is very important in predominantly rural or remote areas, for example in the South West, North West and North East of England, North West Wales, and the Western parts of Scotland.
Conversely, there are ‘hotspots’ of tourism employment in urban London and the much less remote South East of England, for example West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. The map also shows the ‘top 10’ regions where employment in tourism characteristic industries is more than 13 per cent of all employment, and these are listed in the table below.
|Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, Arran & Cumbrae and Argyll & Bute||15.3||York||12.9|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||14.9||Orkney Islands||12.8|
|Gwynedd||14.5||Isle of Anglesey||12.8|
|East Cumbria||14.4||Perth & Kinross and Stirling||12.7|
In maps 2 and 3 we split the tourism industries into two categories:
1. Accommodation and Food and Drink Serving Activities
2. Passenger Transport, vehicle hire, travel agencies, cultural, recreation and sporting activities, and conference activities
In Map 2 we can see that for accommodation and food and drink serving activities there is a tendency for higher proportions of employment towards the peripheral and rural areas highlighted in Map 1. This is true for parts of rural Scotland, West Wales, the South West, North West and North East of England. The “top 10” NUTS3 areas are highlighted in Map 2 and these are listed in the table below.
|Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, Arran & Cumbrae and Argyll & Bute||10.4||Conwy and Denbighshire||8.5|
|Gwynedd||10.0||Isle of Wight||8.5|
|East Cumbria||9.9||Perth & Kinross and Stirling||8.4|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||9.5||South Ayrshire||8.3|
In Map 3 we can see a different pattern to the distribution of employment in the non food and accommodation tourism industries (Passenger Transport, vehicle hire, travel agencies, cultural, recreation and sporting activities, and conference activities).
Here urban areas, including London, are highlighted as well as more peripheral areas, perhaps reflecting the importance of employment in passenger transport and culture and recreation services. This is highlighted by the fact that the two NUTS3 areas with the highest employment in these industries are those that host Heathrow and Gatwick airports. All of the “top 10” areas in terms of employment in these industries are shown in Map 3 and are shown in the table below.
|Outer London - West and North West||6.9||Inner London - East||5.8|
|Blackpool||6.1||Isle of Anglesey||5.6|
|Outer London - South||5.9||Orkney Islands||5.5|
Tourism makes a significant contribution to employment in the UK accounting for 9 per cent of all main and second job employment in 2011. The distribution of employment in tourism characteristic industries is, however, unevenly distributed across the regions and sub-regions of the UK.
London has the highest proportion of tourism employment of any of the regions but also contributes 16 per cent of the total UK tourism employment. At the sub-regional level, however, the analysis has identified the hotspots of tourism employment in the rural and peripheral areas of the UK and how this differs across groupings of industries.
The Annual Population Survey (APS) from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the source of employment data in this paper. This is published quarterly, with each release covering a full year’s data. One of the purposes of the APS is to provide data on social and socio-economic variables between the ten-yearly censuses. It is a survey of UK households and it acts as a boost to the quarterly UK Labour Force Survey. This enables the analysis and publication of labour market and related data at regional and sub-regional level and for detailed industries.
The tourism industries in this paper are based on the groupings of “tourism characteristic activities” set out in the United Nations publication “International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008” (IRTS). Each such activity is responsible for products that meet either or both of two criteria:
(i) Expenditure on the product represent a significant share of total tourism expenditure.
(ii) The product would cease to exist in meaningful quantities in the absence of visitors.
The tourism activities in the IRTS are defined using detailed industrial classifications (four digit ISIC) and are presented as ten internationally comparable industry groups. The guidance allows for the inclusion of additional country-specific tourism retail and other activities, where appropriate.
Annex A lists the tourism industry groups used in this paper and their constituent activities. These follow the IRTS closely but exclude real estate activities relating to second homes and timeshare properties and include activities supporting exhibitions, conferences and similar events.
Although this paper focuses specifically on tourism industries it should be noted that the overall volume of tourism-related employment includes some employment in other industries, e.g. many activities in resorts.
On the other hand, some employment in tourism industries is not tourism-related, for example food and beverage serving in establishments that are usually frequented by local people. Estimates of employment directly resulting from the activities and consumption of tourists are included in Tourism Satellite Accounts which are available separately.
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|Tourism Industries||SIC2007 code||Description|
|Accommodation for visitors||55100||Hotels and similar accommodation|
|55300||Recreational vehicle parks, trailer parks & camping grounds|
|55201||Holiday centres and villages|
|55209||Other holiday and other collective accommodation|
|Food and beverage serving activities||56101||Licensed restaurants|
|56102||Unlicensed restaurants and cafes|
|56103||Take-away food shops and mobile food stands|
|56290||Other food services|
|56210||Event Catering Activities|
|56302||Public houses and bars|
|Railway passenger transport||49100||Passenger rail transport, interurban|
|Road passenger transport||49320||Taxi Operation|
|49390||Other passenger land transport|
|Water passenger transport||50100||Sea and coastal passenger water transport|
|50300||Inland passenger water transport|
|Air passenger transport||51101||Scheduled passenger air transport|
|51102||Non-scheduled passenger air transport|
|Transport equipment rental||77110||Renting & leasing of cars and light motor vehicles|
|77341||Renting & leasing of passenger water transport equipment|
|77351||Renting & leasing of passenger air transport equipment|
|Travel agencies & other reservation services activities||79110||Travel agency activities|
|79120||Tour operator activities|
|79901||Activities of tour guides|
|79909||Other reservation service activities n.e.c.|
|Cultural activities||90010||Performing arts|
|90020||Support Activities for the performing arts|
|90040||Operation of arts facilities|
|91030||Operation of historical sites & buildings & similar attractions|
|91040||Botanical & zoological gardens and nature reserves activities|
|Sporting & recreational activities||92000||Gambling & betting activities|
|93110||Operation of sports facilities|
|93199||Other sports activities|
|93210||Activities of amusement parks and theme parks|
|93290||Other amusement and recreation activities nec|
|77210||Renting and leasing of recreational and sports goods|
|Country-specific tourism characteristic activities||82301||Activities of exhibition and fair organisers|
|82302||Activities of conference organisers|
|68202||Letting and operating of conference and exhibition centres|
The IRTS includes the parts of real estate activities with SIC codes 68209 and 68320 that relate to second homes and timeshare properties. These are omitted from the analysis in this paper and other publications from the ONS Tourism Intelligence Unit.