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Statistics

Labour Market Statistics

A summary of key statistics for Burnley can be found by clicking on this link

Number of people employed in Burnley

In 2016 the number of people employed in Burnley was 38,000
The percentage of people employed in each broad industrial sector in Burnley in 2016 was as follows

Agriculture, Forestry & fising 0.1%
Mining, quarrying & utilities 0.8%
Manufacturing 15.6%
Construction 3.3%
Motor trades 1.2%
Wholesale 3.9%
Retail  13.0%
Transport & storage (inc postal) 3.9%
Accommodation & food services 5.9%
Information & communication 2.1%
Financial & insurance 1.6%
Property 1.6%
Professional, scientific & technical 4.6%
Business administration & support services 7.8%
Public administration & defence 2.6%
Education 11.7%
Health 18.2%
Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services 3.9%

Source: ONS Business Register & Employment Survey Open Access 2016

Between 2009 and 2016 the number of people employed in Burnley increased by 18.8%. This is compared to 7.6% in the North West and 9.9% throughout Great Britiain over the same period.

Burnley has over 1.5 times the average number of people employed in the Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace industries than the Great Britain average whilst Pennine Lancashire (Burnley, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Rossendale) has over twice the average number. Click here for an Infographic on this important sector for Burnley

There were 31,108 people, or 81.1% of the workforce employed in the private sector in 2016. Between 2015-2016 the number of people employed in the private sector in Burnley grew by 2.7%.

Private Sector jobs growth grew by 2.7% in Burnley between 2015 and 2016. Compared with only 2.9% in the North West and 2.2% across Great Britain. Burnley's private sector employment grew faster than the Lancashire LEP area average of 1.8%. The Greater Manchester LEP area average was 4.1%.

 

Average Pay

The weekly gross full time average pay earned by residents in Burnley in 2017 was £436.60
Whilst the weekly gross full time average pay paid by employers in Burnley in 2017 was £420.10

The fact that resident earnings in Burnley are higher than workplace earnings indicates that residents of Burnley benefit from commuting out to other borough's where weekly workplace pay is higher.

Resident average weekly earnings have increased by £88.00 since 2002
Whilst workplace average weekly earnings have increased by £78.70 since 2002.

Source: ONS Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings 2017

For a more detailed analysis of wage levels and the changes to wage levels in Burnley including comparisons with neighbouring boroughs a report on the Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings can be found here

 

Number of businesses

The number of active enterprises in Burnley in 2016 was 2,800
The number of business 'births' in Burnley in 2016 was 340
The number of business 'deaths' in Burnley in 2016 was 290
The number of businesses per 10,000 of the resident working age population in Burnley in 2016 was 402

The growth in the number of active enterprises in Burnley between 2015-2016 was 3.5%.

Burnley has a good rate of survival for new businesses. Of the business born in Burnley over in 2015, 90.8% 'survived' and were still trading 12 months later. this is more than the Great britain average of 89.7%

Source: ONS Business Demography 2016 -

A report on the Business Demography can be found here

 

The number of business 'enterprises' in Burnley in 2017 was 2,565, of which 2,560 or 99.8% were private sector. Of these 2,210 were Micro businesses (0-9 staff), 295 were Small (10-49 staff), 50 were medium size (50-249 staff) and 10 were Large companies (250+ staff)

In contrast, there were 3,170 'local units', of which 95.7% were private sector (An enterprise is an overall business wheras a local unit is an individual site associated with an enterprise, such as a shop or a factory). 

Source: ONS UK Business Counts 2017

a report on the UK Business Counts can be found here

Population

The population of Burnley, according to the ONS Mid Year Population Estimates, in the year 2016 was 87,500. The population of the town has risen from 86,900 in 2010. A short report on the ONS Mid Year Population Estimates can be found here

Apprenticeships

For the academic year 2015/16 there were 1,210 residents of Burnley who had 'started' an apprenticeship. This is 4.3% more than the previous year. Burnley had the 4th highest number of apprenitceship starts in Lancashire. Between the academic year 2005/06 and 2014/15 the number of apprenticeship starts in Burnley grew by 210.3%

The data on apprenticeship ‘achievements’ has not updated since 2014/15

In 2015/16 the most popular sector being studied for an apprenticeship was 'Business Administration and Law', followed by 'Health, Public Services and Care',  'Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies' and 'Retail and Commercial Enterprise'

A short report on 2015/16 academic year Apprenticeships can be found here.

 

For more information on any statistics contained on this page contact Ryan Gifford, Assistant Economic Development Officer. rgifford@burnley.gov.uk

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