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Workplace employment by industry

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  • Release date: 29 October 2014
  • Period covered: 2001 to 2013
  • Next update: 27 October 2015
An annual report in which analyses presented cover the aggregate of employees, the self employed and government supported trainees at a broad industrial level, with estimates also presented at sub-Wales levels.

This report is based on statistics from three different sources that are already in the public domain, and provides estimates of workplace employment (or total jobs) in Wales. By also including detail over time, the report increases the information publicly available on jobs in Wales.

Key points

Using workplace employment as a measure to compare the industrial structure of Wales with that of the UK shows:

  • there was a higher proportion of employment in Wales in public administration, defence, education & health (which is not the same as the public sector)
  • a higher proportion in the production industries and agriculture
  • a lower proportion in finance & business activities.

Comparing workplace employment in Wales in 2013 with earlier years:

  • by 2013 workplace employment had increased to 1.351 million, this is the highest level since 2007 and 2008
  • between 2012 and 2013 total workplace employment increased by 32 thousand, or 2 per cent, the corresponding UK figure also increased by 2 per cent.

There was substantial variation between industries at the local authority level in Wales, for example:

  • for the production sector, employment varied from 4 per cent in Conwy to 27 per cent in Flintshire
  • for public administration, defence, education & health sector, employment varied from 20 per cent of the total in Flintshire to 38 per cent in Merthyr Tydfil.


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