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Release: Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), 2011 Provisional

Released: 28 September 2012

Contact

Mark Williams

Labour Market Division

mark.williams@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456728

Categories: Labour Market, Job Statistics, Jobs, People in Work, Employment, Regional Employment

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Survey name(s): Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)

  • The level of employment in the UK showed a small fall of 0.1 per cent between September 2010 and September 2011.
  • The number of full-time employees decreased by 118,000, while the number of part-time employees increased by 86,000.
  • London had the largest growth in the number of employees, with an increase of 81,000. The South West had the largest fall in the number of employees, with a decrease of 41,000.
  • Accommodation & food services was the industrial grouping with the largest growth in the number of employees, with an increase 58,000. Public administration had the largest fall in the number of employees, with a decrease of 124,000.

A discontinuity exists between the BRES 2010 and 2011 estimates. This discontinuity is caused by changes made to the BRES questionnaire in 2011 that have made it clearer to respondents as to how they should be returning information on working owners. This change has had the effect of increasing the number of employees and decreasing the number in employment.

A full 2010 revised dataset that has been adjusted to take account of this discontinuity is now available on the National Statistics website. These estimates allow a full comparison to be made with the 2011 BRES estimates, and correspond to the high level estimates for 2010 contained within the 2011 BRES statistical bulletin published on 28th September 2012. However, since the 28th September estimates were released, a minor error was found in the way that the discontinuity adjustment was made, and so the estimates for 2010 contained within the 2011 BRES statistical bulletin have been corrected. The difference in the estimate of total employees caused by this change is is only 5,000.

A more detailed analysis of the discontinuity between 2010 and 2011 can be found in the Guidance and Methodology section of the National Statistics website.


BRES provides a rich dataset from which small area analyses can be derived at varying industrial and geographical levels. High level UK BRES estimates are published on the ONS website, while detailed GB regional estimates are published on NOMIS. BRES is regarded as the definitive source of official Government employee statistics.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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