Occupation and Earnings - October 2014
Published: October 2014
Occupational structure (June 2014)
% of all people in employment by occupation (Green = higher than UK, Red = lower than UK, Amber = Equal to UK)
Source: Annual Population Survey, NOMIS 2014 (*Some data unavailable due to small sample size)
The largest occupation groups in Somerset are professional roles (14.7%) and skilled trades (14.6%), compared to 20% and 12.7% respectively at a national level. Managers, directors and senior officials are well represented in all Somerset districts except Taunton Deane compared to the UK as a whole. The proportion of people employed in professional occupations in Somerset fell by 4% between 2013 and 2014. In contrast, the caring, leisure and other service occupations showed an increase of 2.5% over the same period.
Source: Annual Population Survey, NOMIS 2014. Graph uses annual data at March each year.
Public sector employment (June 2014)
Somerset has a slightly smaller proportion of people employed in the public sector than the UK and Heart of the South West area; 20.7% compared to 24% and 23.9% respectively.
Within the County there is a concentration of public sector employment in Taunton Deane (28.8%).
Source: Annual Population Survey, NOMIS 2014. *Estimate and confidence interval unreliable since the group sample size is small.
Public sector employment in Somerset peaked at 23.5% of the workforce in 2011. Since then, the number of people employed in the public sector in the County has decreased from 56,400 to 45,000 (-20.2%).
Source: Annual Population Survey, NOMIS 2014.
Average earnings in Somerset consistently lag behind the UK level, with a deficit of 8.1% in 2013. Mendip has the highest median earnings in the County (£25,421) and Taunton Deane has the lowest (£23,256). The median is the value below which 50% of employees’ earnings fall.
Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), NOMIS 2013 (updated annually). Figures not available for West Somerset due to statistical unreliability. ASHE data is not produced for LEP areas.