Work Wiltshire
Business, Skills & Routes to Employment
These statistics cover business and job creation, pay, skills gaps and residents qualifications.

EES 1: Number of Businesses created and sustained

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The 2,315 new businesses under 2 years old in Wiltshire represents a survival rate of 94.1%, this is higher than nationally where new businesses under 2 years old have a survival rate of 93.5% and in line with Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (94.1%). This data was sourced from the Business Demography 2014 released November 2015.

EES 2: Number of Jobs Created with the Involvement of the Economic Development and Planning at Wiltshire Council

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There were 400 jobs created in the first quarter 2016/17. A brief breakdown of some of the jobs is as follows: 15 jobs through Wiltshire Business Support Service, <5 through Gateway to Growth, 50 through The Enterprise Network, 40 though Leader grants, 300 in the energy and utilities sector and 40 in the retail sector. There are approximately 2,310 potential jobs in the pipeline. This measure only reflects new jobs created with direct Wiltshire Council involvement. This data was sourced from the Economic Development and Planning Performance figures for Q1 (Apr-Jun), 2015/16.

EES 21: Percentage of Establishments Who Have Recruited Anyone Aged 16-18 in the Past 12 Months

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The 11% represents 2180 establishments in the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area who recruited a 16-18 year old in the last 12 months. This figure is in line with the national average (11%) and as a LEP, Swindon and Wiltshire are ranked 27 out of the 39 LEPs nationally. This data was sourced from  the Employer Perspective Survey 2014 produced by the UKCES.

EES 22: Percentage of Establishments Who Have Recruited Any Education Leavers in the Last 2-3 Years

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The 32% represents 6,460 establishments in the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area who recruited an education leaver in the last 2-3 years. This is slightly above the national average (31%), and as a LEP, Swindon and Wiltshire are ranked 16 out of the 39 LEPs nationally. This data was sourced from the Employer Perspective Survey 2014 produced by the UKCES.

EES 23: Percentage of Eligible Two Year Olds in Receipt of Funding

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All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year, with some 2 year olds also eligible. For those 2 year olds in Wiltshire who are eligible to receive child care funding, 77% actually receive (1046 2year olds). This is slightly above the average of Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (76%) and is significantly better than the national average (68%). This data was sourced from DWP Eligibility list January 2016.

EES 24: Percentage of People with a Disability in Employment

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From the last Census 23.7% of the 17,042 individuals with a disability in WIltshire were in employment. Wiltshire had a higher amount in employment  than the national average (20%) and Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (21.6%). However the figure is significantly down on previous census in 2001 (33%), although previous census did not have 'disability' category but only 'limiting ill health' which would have included people illnesses. This data was sourced from 2011 Census data on NOMIS, which shows detailed characteristics categorised by economy by sex by health.

EES 25: Proportion of Adults with a Learning Disability in Paid Employment

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The 2015/16 Statutory indicator result for the percentage of 18-64 clients with a Primary Support Reason of learning difficulties showed that 20 out of 890 adults in the county were in employment in August. This is a drop of over 10% in the last year. This figure is assessed/reviewed by Wiltshire Council (Department of Adult Care, Housing, Strategy & Commissioning).

EES 26: Average Number of Days Training for Wiltshire Employees

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On average Wiltshire employees recieve 3.9 days of training per year, which is half as much compared to 2013. Wiltshire employees have marginally less training days than the national average (4.3 days) and Wiltshire's Statistical Neighbours (4.3days). For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked 91 out of the 152 counties nationally. This data is sourced from UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey (UKCESS) 2015, table 93.

EES 27: Percentage of 16-17 year olds in employment without regulated qualifications

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Less than 1% of the 10,690 16-17 year olds (academic age) in the county, are in employment without regulated qualifications. As such, Wiltshire currently matches its statistical neighbours averages (0.9%) and is marginally higher than the national average (0.8%). Overall, Wiltshire is ranked joint 85th out of the 152 counties nationally. This data is sourced from the national client caseload information system July 2016.

EES 28: Percentage of 16 and 17 Year Olds in Employment with Training

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More than twice as many 16-18 year olds (2.6% of 10,690 individuals) in Wiltshire are in employment with training than with no regulated training. It also has a higher amount in employment with training than its statistical neighbours (0.7%) as well as the national average (0.9%). For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked joint 7th nationally, as such is one of the top counties. This data is sourced from the national client caseload information system July 2016.

EES 10: Percentage of the Working Age Population Claiming ESA

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Wiltshire has only 12,030 individuals claiming Employment Support Allowance, which represents 4.1% of the counties working age (16-64) population. This figure compares favourably with national levels (6.2%) and is back to pre-recession levels; it is also slightly better than Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (4.6%). The amount has remained largely static, with an early intervention strategy in place to contact ESA claimants earlier. As of February Wiltshire was one of the topped ranked counties nationally, ranking joint 23 out of 152. This data is sourced from NOMIS February 2016.

EES 29: Amount of Residents Participating in Volunteering

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Approximately 5352 people have volunteered through Wiltshire Council services and partnerships between 2014-2015. These include: Develop, Wiltshire Skills 4 Success, School Governors, Community First, Children's Services, Early Help and SEND. In a survey circulated to the VCSE called Current State of the Sector – Wiltshire Temperature Check. They found to support day to day activities the VCSE sector relies on the services of 18,584 volunteers. 75% of the VCSE sector workforce in Wiltshire is comprised of volunteers.

EES 3: Average Resident Pay Rate

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The average resident in Wiltshire earns £518.00 a week, which ranks the county 74 nationally. This amount is lower than the national average (£529.60 per week) as well as the counties statistical neighbours (£530.10). This measure refers to Wiltshire residents who commute out of the county and are generally better paid. This data is sourced from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Resident analysis via NOMIS for 2015.

EES 4: Average Workplace Pay Rate

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Wiltshire workplaces pay significantly less than its statistical neighbours (£509.10 per week) and the national average (£529.00 per week). This measure refers to the pay rate for jobs within the county. Last year Wiltshire was ranked 93 nationally. This data is sourced from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Resident analysis via NOMIS for 2015.

EES 5: Percentage of Employers Reporting Skills Gaps

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In 2015 there were 1900 establishments (12% of all employers) that reported having skills gaps in their work force. This proportion compares well with Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (14.6%) and (National (14%). The incidence of skills gaps in Wiltshire were reported as follows: 3% of managers, 2% of professionals, 3% of administrative/clerical staff, 2% of skilled trades, 1% of caring, leisure and other services staff, 2% of sales and customers service staff, 1% machine operatives and. 3% of elementary staff. Overall that's 4% of high-skilled jobs, 5% of middle-skilled jobs, 3% of service-intensive and 3% of labour-intensive jobs. For skills gaps, Wiltshire is ranked very well (joint 13 nationally) compared to the other 152 counties. This data was sourced from the UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015, table 45.

EES 42: Percentage of Skills Shortage Vacancies Reported by Employers

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Of the vacancies that were advertised 28.8% (1630 vacancies) were reported as hard to fill vacancies due to skills shortages. This is a significant increase since the last survey, which has seen Wiltshire's skill-shortage vacancies almost double in 2 years. Swindon and Wiltshire LEP has the 3rd highest density of skill-shortage vacancies in the country, which is in stark contrast since the last survey where Swindon Wiltshire LEP had the lowest rate in the UK at13.0%. Wiltshire's Statistical Neighbours  (22%) and National average (23%) have remained largely the same over the last 2 years. Wiltshire is ranked in the bottom third (116) nationally out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey (UKCESS) 2015, T44.

EES 43: Percentage of Residents with No Qualifications at All

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In 2015, Wiltshire had 16,000 individuals who had no qualifications at all. This was a slight increase of 200 people during that year. Wiltshire remains slightly ahead of its statistical neighbours (5.8%) and continues to be much better than the national average (8.6%).  Wiltshire is ranked joint 30 nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2015's data.

EES 44: Percentage of Residents with Level 1 Qualifications

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In 2015, Wiltshire had 286,300 individuals with at least a level 1 qualification; this is a slight percentage decrease on previous year, however there has been a numbers increase of 28,100 individuals who have a Level 1 qualification compared to the previous year. The county compares well against the national average (84.9%) and is broadly in line with its statistical neighbours (89.6%). Wiltshire is ranked 27 nationally for this measure out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2015's data.

EES 45: Percentage of Residents with Level 2 Qualifications

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In 2015, 223,700 individuals had at least a level 2 qualification; this was an increase of over 1,600 individuals during that year. Wiltshire is better than the national average (73.6%) and in line with its statistical neighbours (78.3%) for this performance measure. Wiltshire is ranked 34 nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2015's data.

EES 46: Percentage of Residents with Level 3 Qualifications

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Wiltshire has had an increase of 1,400 individuals with a Level 3 qualification over the last year, and now has 174,700 individuals qualified to at least this level. This compares very well against the national average (57.4%), but is still slightly down compared to their statistical neighbours (61.7%).  Wiltshire is ranked 44 Nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2015's data.

EES 16: Percentage of Residents Qualified to Level 4 and Above

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Over the last year, Wiltshire has seen a decrease of 6,300 individuals qualified to level 4 or above, the county currently has 107,200 individuals qualified to this level. Wiltshire compares well with the National average (37.1%) but is significantly down compared to its statistical neighbours (40.9%). An age breakdown of who has a level 4+ qualification is as follows: 20-24 year olds (17.6% of age group) has decreased from 8,200 to 3,900 individuals; 25-29 year olds (38.9% of age group) has decreased by 200 to 10,500 individuals; 30-39 year olds (44% of age group) has decreased by 600 to 24,300 individuals; 40-49 year olds (43.7% of age group) increased by 300 to 30,300 individuals and  50-64 year olds (41.3% of age group) decreased by 1,700 to 38,700 individuals. Nationally Wiltshire is ranked 58 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS for December 2015.

EES 47: Percentage of 16 – 24 Year Olds Qualified to Level 4 and Above

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From the last Census 10.0% of 16-24 year olds were qualified to level 4 or above (4,771 individuals). This amount was higher than the last census, but is lower than the national average (13.7%) and Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (12%). Based upon the mid-year estimates in 2014 for the Age Group 20-24years, approximately 34% were qualified to Level 4 or above. This data was sourced from the 2011 Census compared with 2001 Census.

EES 48: Percentage of 25 – 34 Year Olds Qualified to Level 4 and Above

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From the last Census 34.2% of 25-34 year olds were qualified to level 4 or above (17,825 individuals). This was a higher proportion since the last census, but was significantly lower than the national average (40.6%) and Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (39.8%). Based upon the mid-year estimates in 2014 for the Age Group 25-29years, approximately 39% were qualified to Level 4 or above. This data was sourced from the 2011 Census compared with 2001 Census..