Workplace based Gross Value Added (GVA) per head

GVA indicates the level of economic activity within an area by measuring its production of goods and services. It is a measure that allows comparison of areas, and highlights variations in performance with a region, and trends over time. The GVA figure (workplace based) divided by the total residential population (resident based) gives an estimate for GVA per head, whilst not a measure of productivity it is, nevertheless, a widely used measure to indicate the economic well-being of an area and provides comparison with other areas.
The data uses NUTS3 areas which splits West Sussex into:-
  • West Sussex South West (WSSW) and includes Adur, Arun, Chichester and Worthing
  • West Sussex North East (WSNE) which includes Crawley Horsham and Mid Sussex.
We aim to be above the South East average by 2022

March 2020 performance

ONS have revised their GVA estimates as more accurate data that is incorporated into their estimations is now available. The most recent update was released in December 2019 for the period 2018. 
The latest figures shows West Sussex has seen lower growth (1.1%) over the year (2017-2018) in GVA per head than regionally (1.7%) or nationally (2.5%).  Growth in WSNE was higher at 1.7% compared with West Sussex South West which was minimal at 0.2%.  
Our 2020-21 milestone target is £30,356.
Over the last 5 years growth in West Sussex was higher than the South East region. WSSW was considerably lower at £22,985 than that for England at £29,356 or for the region at £30,356, though WSNE reflects more favourably with higher levels than the South East region at £30,639.

GVA details and benchmarking

Employee Jobs

Business Counts


The West Sussex County Council Economic Growth Plan 2018-2023 sets out the County Council’s priorities in driving economic growth to support a successful, prosperous place with a strong and vibrant economy.  A number of activities are underway which reflect the Economic Growth Plan five Priority Themes: -strengthening the coastal towns; maximising the opportunities from Gatwick; growing the green energy county;  promoting West Sussex as a place to visit and work, and lastly enabling a workforce for the future. 
In terms of activities around enabling a workforce for the future, there are a number of initiatives underway including the launch of the Mature Workforce programme; as well as the Full STEaM Ahead partnership programme which aims to increase knowledge and ambition in the STEaM careers for young people and adults.
In addition, through the Growth Deals there are a number of regeneration and redevelopment proposals being explored to create new employment space and housing, such as at the Horsham Enterprise Park scheme as well as proposals under the Chichester Southern Gateway Masterplan for new homes, new commercial space, improved transport links and public space enhancements.

Growth Deals

To find out more about economic growth in West Sussex, read more below on some local initiatives, or use the link to see details on all growth deals. West Sussex Growth Deals

Adur & Worthing Growth Deal

December 2019 performance
The demolition of Burrscrofte, Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea has recently been completed.  This former care home was closed for over a decade and demolition removed a security risk and helps make way for a future high quality development scheme that enhances the local conservation area.