Economy and employment data

Facts and figures about economy and employment in Kent.

If you need alternative formats or require any further information call 03000 41 74 44 or email research@kent.gov.uk.

Business demography (PDF, 216.8 KB) contains information on the births and deaths of businesses and their survival rates.

The UK business survey (PDF, 183.2 KB) gives a snapshot of businesses and is broken down by size, industry, turnover and age of business.

The Voluntary sector report   (PDF, 859.8 KB) provides information on the role that the voluntary & community sector plays in Kent.

The average annual disposable income of households in Kent is presented in the Gross Disposable Household Income bulletin (PDF, 468.0 KB).

The Small Area Income Estimates Bulletin (PDF, 1.1 MB) presents estimates of income before and after housing costs at local level.

Average weekly earnings data for the districts in Kent is summarised in Earnings in Kent (PDF, 475.7 KB). This information is gathered from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), a national sample survey carried out each April.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) interactive mapping tool allows you to view the average weekly household income before and after housing costs for  local areas across England.

Information about the economy at county and district level is presented in the Kent economic indicators report (PDF, 1013.3 KB).

Eleven economic indicators are used to examine Kent's economic profile:

  • Unemployment
  • Out of work benefits
  • Employees
  • Percentage of employees in the 'knowledge economy'
  • Employment rate
  • Earnings
  • Workplace based earnings
  • Gross Value Added (GVA)
  • Business stock
  • 3 Year Survival Rates of businesses
  • Proportion of the population who are educated to NVQ4+ level

Gross Value Added (GVA) (PDF, 1.3 MB) is a key measure of economic wealth generation within a local area and is the measure preferred by the Office for National Statistics to assess the economic health of an area.

The Kent labour force profile (PDF, 234.4 KB) shows information about the level of economic activity, self-employment, occupational and industrial structure and qualifications of Kent's resident labour force.

The East of England Forecasting Model (EEFM) provides forecasts at local authority district level for the east and south east of England. Figures include employees by residence and workplace, and employment sector as well as labour productivity, GVA (total and per capita). These forecasts are available on the Cambridgeshire Insight website.

More detailed information on a range of social and economic indicators is provided in the area profiles.

Impact of public sector job cuts on the Kent economy

The Public Sector Dependency report (PDF, 199.1 KB) looks at the current level of dependency on the public sector in Kent and estimates which areas are likely to be hit the hardest by cuts in public spending.

Counts of employees by industrial sector

Counts of total employees and employees by industrial sector are published annually by the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES). Counts for Kent local authorities are presented in the BRES bulletin (PDF, 398.0 KB).

The Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) bulletin (PDF, 110.4 KB) provides information about Kent employees by industrial sector between 1998 and 2008, with comparative figures for the South East region and Great Britain.

The Employees in the knowledge economy bulletin (PDF, 234.8 KB), explains what knowledge economy is and describes its importance and performance in Kent.

Welfare reform in Kent

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 is an Act of Parliament which makes changes to the rules concerning a number of benefits offered within the British social security system.

The Welfare Reform Review (PDF, 1.0 MB) provides analysis on the past trends for a range of indicators relating to changes for benefit claimants due to welfare reform, and to the wider economic situation and housing market.

Unemployment in Kent

Unemployment data is produced monthly from the administrative process of benefit claims. Analysis of the latest unemployment data is available in the district and ward unemployment bulletins:

Unemployment data is available from January 2007 for districts and wards in the unemployment models:

Measuring unemployment in Kent

There are three main ways to measure unemployment. These are presented in the unemployment measures bulletin (PDF, 147.9 KB).

Number of people claiming benefits in Kent

The number of people claiming a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) benefit is presented in the Benefit claimants bulletin (PDF, 283.2 KB). The key DWP benefits include:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit (PC)
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Incapacity Benefit (IB)

The number of people claiming a disability related benefit is presented in the Disability in Kent bulletin (PDF, 1.2 MB).

The Kent labour force profile (PDF, 234.4 KB) shows information on:

  • levels of economic activity
  • self-employment
  • occupational and industrial structure
  • qualifications of Kent's workforce.

2011 Census data on Kent’s workforce

Information on how Kent's workforce travel to work can be found in the Method of travel to work bulletin (PDF, 802.5 KB).

Travel to work patterns

Information on where Kent's workforce live and where they work is available on request from research@kent.gov.uk

Graduates

The number of Kent residents who go into higher education and the number of people who come to Kent to study in higher education is examined in the Graduates in Kent bulletin (PDF, 633.5 KB). This report also looks at where these graduates come from and their destinations, including how many of them end up employed in Kent.

Where do Kent students go following GCSEs and A Levels?

The Student destinations bulletin (PDF, 258.1 KB) shows the movements of students in the year following compulsory education (Key Stage 4) or following A Levels (Key Stage 5) in Kent. It looks at whether a young person moves into education, employment or training. Students who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and those who have taken a gap year before starting university are also included.

Migrant workers

The Migrant workers in Kent bulletin (PDF, 358.4 KB). shows the latest numbers and a time series of migrant workers in Kent, including details of the countries they have come from.