Economically active - 16-64 year olds who are employed
Employment rates are defined as the proportion of the total economically active (residents) aged 16-64 years who are in work. The data is taken from the Annual Population Survey:
We aim to remain in the top quartile of statistical neighbours.
March 2020 performance
The latest data, released in January 2020 is for the year October 2018-September 2019, and taken from the Annual Population Survey:
West Sussex continues to have high employment rates, higher than the national and regional average and the overall employment rate for the county has increased a little since the previous release ( June ’18-July ’19). It is only Crawley that has lower rates than the South East and England, and Arun’s rate is higher than the national rate, though lower than the regional average. Mid-Sussex has the highest employment rate in West Sussex at 86.8, ad Crawley the lowest at 75.5. Employment rates are generally significantly higher amongst males than females, with the exception of Adur, where employment rate for females (85.2) is higher than for males at 82% and in Arun, where the both rates are at around the same level.
Compared with statistical neighbours West Sussex compares favourably and has the third highest employment rate out of the 15 upper tier authorities.
It should be noted that the Annual Population Survey is a survey of households covering the UK with topics including employment and unemployment, as well as housing, ethnicity, religion, health and education, and whilst might be subject to sampling reliability is the only source of this data down to local authority level since the 2011 census. The published statistics enable monitoring of estimates between censuses and allow comparisons to be made between different areas, as well as local information for labour market estimates.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) - we are working in partnership with Coastal West Sussex to support the ‘Full STEaM Ahead’ project to increase STEaM skills careers development in schools and with employers. Funding and opportunities for this area of work are being explored. It includes continued work on the STEaM countywide strategy and programme and linking to related projects such as the creative and digital sector.
SPARK social enterprises - The WP2 Accelerator Programme is now completed. The successful programme is currently being evaluated with the help of 25 social enterprises that have benefited from the project. The modules of support for start-ups are complete and about to be launched. The Innovation Network has more than 300 members.
Mature workforce - Mature workforce is a new priority identified in the Economic Growth Plan. A scoping document has identified key issues, partners and statistics and will inform four potential workstreams: commuters, making the case with employers, digital skills and self-employment and business start-ups. The workstreams are now being developed into action plans together with potential partners.