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Council Jobs Down 380,500 Since 2010

Monday, March 11, 2013

Numbers employed by local councils in Great Britain down by 380,500 since general election official data shows.

The terrible extent of the cuts that the Tory/Liberal government has imposed on local authorities is plain to see in these new statistics says GMB.

The number of employees in Local Authorities in Great Britain fell from 2,559,000 in Q1 2010 to 2,178,500 in Q3 2012. This is fall of 380,500 or -14.7% in numbers employed by the councils since the general election in 2010.

The fall in the number of employees in councils the South West region is the highest for any region in Great Britain. Between the 1st quarter of 2010 and the 3rd quarter of 2012 the fall in the number of employees in the councils in the South West is 52,400 or-24.6%. Next is East of England down by 47,100 or -21.7%, followed by North West down 45,000 or -14.7%, South East down 44,300 or -14.7%, West Midlands down 38,200 or -15.6%, East Midlands down 31,800 or -16.5%, Yorkshire and the Humber down 31,800 or -13.1%, North East down 28,300 or -21.8%, London down 25,600 or -10.6% and Wales down 10,300 or -6.3%.

For Scotland the numbers of employees in 32 local councils fell from 304,300 in Q1 2010 to 278,700 in Q3 2012. This is a fall of 25,600 or -8.4%.

The number of employees in 375 Local Authorities in England and Wales fell from 2,254,700 in Q1 2010 to 1,899,800 in Q3 2012. This is a fall of 354,900 or -15.7%.

This analysis of official data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) was conducted by GMB, the union for public service workers. For sources, definitions and reclassifications see Notes to Editors 1 to 5 below. See at foot of this release on GMB website at  http://www.gmb.org.uk/  the figures for 375 councils in England and Wales and 22 councils in Scotland. GMB has written to Chief Executives of 26 councils (marked with an asterix in the tables) with questions on the figures published by ONS.

Media please note that the figures for local councils were supplied to the ONS by the councils themselves and that they do include the schools workforce. 

Most of these are job losses arise from freezing vacancies, redundancies and natural wastage resulting from budget cuts. Some of the fall in numbers arises due to movement between public and private sectors, like when schools become academies, and some, like colleges, arise from reclassifications by ONS from public to private sector.

CHANGE IN EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS IN LOCAL COUNCILS BY REGION IN GREAT BRITAIN

    Headcount    
    Quarter 1 2010 Quarter 3 2012 Change % Change
Rank          
           
  Great Britain 2,559,000 2,178,500 380,500 -14.9
  England and Wales 2,254,700 1,899,800 -354,900 -15.7
  Scotland 304,300 278,700 -25,600 -8.4
           
1 South West 213,200 160,800 -52,400 -24.6
2 East of England 217,500 170,400 -47,100 -21.7
3 North West 305,600 260,600 -45,000 -14.7
4 South East 301,700 257,400 -44,300 -14.7
5 West Midlands 244,200 206,000 -38,200 -15.6
6 East Midlands 192,300 160,500 -31,800 -16.5
7 Yorkshire and the Humber 243,600 211,800 -31,800 -13.1
8 North East 129,700 101,400 -28,300 -21.8
9 London 242,300 216,700 -25,600 -10.6
10 Wales 164,600 154,300 -10,300 -6.3

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said "The terrible extent of the cuts that the Tory/Liberal government has imposed on local authorities is plain to see in these new statistics.

For 407 local authorities in Great Britain there are 380,500 fewer people employed by councils than when the coalition government came into office.

These are the people who provide local services so cuts are a disaster for local communities and for those workers who have lost their jobs. Council budgets are still being cut this trend in falling employment numbers is likely to continue into 2014.

Not a single council worker ever contributed anything to the financial crisis that they are being made to pay the price for. Neither did any of the elderly, needy or vulnerable local citizens that rely on ever diminishing council services."

Ends

Contact: Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or Sharon Holder 07713 508 725 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6756.

Notes to Editors:

1. Source: Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey, Office for National Statistics. This data is collected and analysed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and forms part of the ONS public sector employment statistics. The data for Local Authorities is published on the Local Government Association website with the expressed permission of Local Authorities.http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/local-government-pay-and-workforce/-/journal_content/56/10161/2991184/ARTICLE-TEMPLATE . Queries relating to the data should be directed to the ONS Press Office, telephone 0845 604 1858.

2. The data published is local authority employment data and includes teachers and teaching staff.

3. There is a known issue regarding Local Education Authority maintained schools in England which are opting out of local authority payroll administration. This survey asks for number of employees on the payroll and as such some schools will be missing from the survey results.

4. Further details on the methodology used can be found in the ‘Quality and Methodology’ information paper: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/method-quality/quality/quality-information/business-statistics/public-sector-employment.pdf

5. Definitions:

Imputed data - data is based on previous returns and known annual changes in seasonality.

Constructed - data is either wholly or partially manually constructed based on information available, previous returns and known annual changes in seasonality.

Non-responder - data is imputed due to non-response. It is extremely rare for a local authority to non-respond for two consecutive quarters. The data collection is statutory for local authorities (Statistics of Trade Act 1947) and positive action is taken to address non-response issues as and when they occur.

De-receipted - returned data is confirmed or proven to be unreliable and is replaced with imputed data where correct actual data is unavailable.

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