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Employment growth in the UK: the sectoral view

Considering the state of the economy, employment growth in the UK is, with 1,7%, quite high. Which sectors added most jobs? Remarkably, about half of total job growth is located in education and health. In the UK, education is a female dominated sector (71%). More than half of the net new entrants were male, however. Does anybody know why education added so much jobs in the UK?

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Source: ONS

By the way – I severely disagree with Scott Sumner when he, when writing about employment in the UK, complains that “Europe appears incapable of creating a St Louis Fred-type data set that doesn’t require a PhD in computer science to navigate“. He should not complain. Being able to navigate the large number of economic datasets available on the internet and to understand the concepts of the statistics is a basic skill for the modern economist, with or without a PhD, and students of economics should spend a lot of time on acquiring it (Paul Krugman is remarkably good at this).

I do however agree with the caveats mentioned by Scott, when he tries to analyse these data. And not just the jobs data indicate higher growth than at present estimated by the ONS, the increasing deficit on the current account points in the same direction. Remember, however, that employment is a lagging variable and the decline of the British economy in the fourth quarter still has to show up in the employment data – I expect Britsh employment growth to go down and unemployment to go up in the January-March period. An interesting development in Germany: moderate job growth in Germany (for a large part concentrated in ‘health!’) in 2012 was to a very considerable extent caused by people working fewer hours per person.

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  1. February 27, 2013 at 10:33 am | #1

    There are plenty of easily accessed data sets, in my view. Sophistication in navigating them is no longer so important. After all, this is the POST autistic network, isn’t it. Giving context to the data with good, solid theory, is more important than multiplying the numbers

  2. Nell
    February 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm | #2

    Does it make any difference to the above figure if you take into account the reclassification of jobs in and out of the public and private sector? For example, Further Education Corporations and Sixth Form College Corporations in England were recorded as public sector up to the first quarter of 2012, but have since been classified as private sector.

  3. merijnknibbe
    February 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm | #3

    According to the ONS the respondents to this inquiry are asked if they are working in the private or the public sector as well as in which ‘activity sector’ they are working. Private or public education should not matter (but the devil is always in the statistical details with such reclassifications).

    • Nell
      March 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm | #4

      Cool, thanks.

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