Business, Skills & Routes to Employment

Business, Skills & Routes to Employment2019-02-11T15:02:49+00:00

These statistics cover business and job creation, pay, skills gaps and residents qualifications.

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Business and Job Creation
Pay
Skills Gap
Qualifications

Business & Job Creation

EES 1: Number of businesses created and sustained

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The 7,285 new businesses under 2 years old in Wiltshire represents a survival rate of 94.5%, which is the second highest compared to Wiltshire’s statistical neighbour’s. Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours business sustained rates have remained reasonably steady over the last year, however Wiltshire has seen numbers triple in the past year and the county is one of 3 in the country to have an increase of over 200%; nationally the increase was 12%. Survival rates in Wiltshire are higher than the national survival rate of 91.5% and higher than Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (92.1%). For survival rate, the county ranks joint 11 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from the Business Demography 2017 Table 5.1e released November 2018.

EES 2: Number of jobs created with the involvement of the Economic Development and Planning at Wiltshire Council

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There were 370 jobs created in the 3rd quarter 2018/19, with approximately another 550 potential jobs in the pipeline. This measure only reflects new jobs created with direct Wiltshire Council involvement. A breakdown of the jobs is as follows: 50 through SME Growth, 265 through the Wiltshire 100, 35 through the Economic Development service, 15 through the tenant expansion in TEN centres and 10 through Major Projects work at Porton Science Park. This data was sourced from the Economic Development and Planning Performance figures for Q3 October-December 2018/19.

EES 21: Percentage of establishments who have recruited anyone aged 16-18 in the past 12 months

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The 16% represents approximately 3,990 establishments in the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area who recruited a 16-18 year old in the last 12 months. This figure is significantly better than the national average (12%) and as a LEP, Swindon and Wiltshire are ranked joint 3 out of the 39 LEPs nationally. This data was sourced from  the Employer Perspective Survey 2016 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 26% represents 6,490 establishments in the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area who recruited an education leaver in the last 2-3 years. This is significantly below the national average (31%), and as a LEP, Swindon and Wiltshire are ranked joint 33 out of the 39 LEPs nationally. This data was sourced from the Employer Perspective Survey 2016 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, 87% actually receive it (900 2year olds). This significantly higher than Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours average (74.7%, this is excluding Bath and North East Somerset whose rate was 130%) and is significantly better than the national average (72%). This data was sourced from DWP Eligibility list January 2018 Table8LA.

EES 24: Percentage of people with a disability in employment

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Recording of this data is now being completed more fully showing a large percentage fall in this figure from the previous year but one which is more comparable to national and statistical neighbour’s figures.  Wiltshire’s 2016/17 (financial year) Statutory indicator result for the percentage of 18-64 clients with a Primary Support Reason of learning difficulties is 5.1% representing 47 out of 913 clients.  This figure is slightly below it’s statistical neighbours of 6.5% and the national average of 5.7%. This figure is assessed/reviewed by Wiltshire Council (Department of Adult Care, Housing, Strategy & Commissioning) and the latest figure up to September has reduced again to 3.9% representing 35 out of 904 clients.

EES 25: Average number of days training for Wiltshire employees

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On average Wiltshire employee’s receive 3.3 days of training per year. Wiltshire employees have less training days than the national average (4 days) and Wiltshire’s Statistical Neighbours (4.2days). For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked 111 out of the 152 counties nationally. This data is sourced from DfE’s Employer Skills Survey 2017, table 104.

EES 26: Percentage of 16-17 year olds in employment without regulated qualifications

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0.6% of 9,700 16-17 year olds (academic age) in the county, are in employment without regulated qualifications. As such, Wiltshire is marginally lower than its statistical neighbour’s average (0.9%) and the national average (0.7%). Overall, Wiltshire is ranked joint 68 out of the 152 counties nationally. This data is sourced from the national client caseload information system December 2018.

EES 27: Percentage of 16-17 year olds in employment with regulated qualifications

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More than 3 times as many 16-17 year olds (2.1% of 9,700 individuals) in Wiltshire are in employment with regulated qualifications than with no regulated qualifications. Wiltshire also has a higher amount in employment with training than its statistical neighbours (0.5%) as well as the national average (0.6%). For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked joint 6 nationally. This data is sourced from the national client caseload information system December 2018.

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Pay

EES 3: Average resident pay rate (gross per week)

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The average resident pay rate in Wiltshire has increased to £561.50, which ranks the county 70th nationally. This amount is slightly lower than the national average of £571.10 and the county’s statistical neighbours (£575.10). This measure includes 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 2018.

EES 4: Average workplace pay rate (gross per week)

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Wiltshire’s Average workplace pay rate for 2018 is £534.40; this represents an increase of 1.9% on the previous year, whereas its statistical neighbours saw an average increase of double that at 3.8%. The gap in workplace pay between Wiltshire and its statistical neighbours (£551.4 per week) has increased as has the gap with the national average (£570.90 per week). This measure refers to the pay rate for jobs within the county. Wiltshire has dropped from 79th to 82nd in the national rankings out of 152 counties. Consumer Price Inflation over the same period was 2.2%. This data is sourced from the ONS annual survey of hours and earnings – workplace analysis via NOMIS for 2018.

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Skills gap

EES 5: Percentage of employers reporting skills gaps

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In 2017 there were 3,005 establishments (19% of all employers) that reported having skills gaps in their work force, this was a sharp increase in skills gap compared to 2015 when the incidence of skills gaps was 12% in the county. This proportion is significantly higher than Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (14.0%) and National (13%). The incidence of skills gaps in Wiltshire were reported as follows: 4% of managers, 1% of professionals, 2% of associate professionals, 5% of administrative/clerical staff, 3% of skilled trades, 3% of caring, leisure and other services staff, 4% of sales and customers service staff, 1% machine operatives and 4% of elementary staff. Overall that’s 6% of high-skilled jobs, 7% of middle-skilled jobs, 7% of service-intensive and 5% of labour-intensive jobs. For skills gaps, Wiltshire has moved from being ranked joint 13 nationally in 2015 to joint 129 in 2017 compared to the other 152 counties. This data was sourced from the DfE Employer Skills Survey 2017, table 52.

EES 28: Percentage of skills shortage vacancies reported by employers (hard to fill vacancies)

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Of the vacancies that were advertised 37.6% (3,017 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 and quadruple since 2013. Swindon and Wiltshire LEP has the highest density of skill-shortage vacancies in the country (43.4%), which is in stark contrast since the 2013 survey where Swindon Wiltshire LEP had the lowest rate in the UK at 13.0%; Swindon itself has the second highest density of skills shortage vacancies in the country. Wiltshire has a significantly higher amount of skill shortage vacancies compared to its statistical neighbours (25.1%) and the national average (22.2%). Wiltshire is ranked in the bottom quartile for this measure and dropped from 116 to 144 nationally out of 152 counties. This data reflects what has been found in the Employer Perspective Survey 2015, which suggests that due to skills shortages businesses are now lowering their criteria when employing new people. This data was sourced from DfE’s Employer Skills Survey 2017,table T44.

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Qualifications

EES 29: Percentage of residents with no qualifications at all

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In 2017, Wiltshire had 14,600 individuals who had no qualifications at all, which was an increase of 2,800 more individuals than the previous year. Wiltshire remains ahead of its statistical neighbours (5.4%) and continues to be much better than the national average (7.7%).  Wiltshire is ranked joint 33 nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2017’s data.

EES 30: Percentage of residents with Level 1 qualifications

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In 2017, Wiltshire had 259,400 individuals with at least a level 1 qualification; this is a decrease of 3,800 individuals compared to the previous year. The county compares well against the national average (85.4%) and is better than its statistical neighbours (89.3%). Wiltshire is ranked joint 29 nationally for this measure out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2017’s data.

EES 31: Percentage of residents with Level 2 qualifications

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In 2017, 231,900 individuals had at least a level 2 qualification; this was a decrease of 1,100 individuals during that year. Wiltshire is better than the national average (74.7%) and its statistical neighbours (78.7%) for this performance measure. Wiltshire is ranked 27 nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2017’s data.

EES 32: Percentage of residents with Level 3 qualifications

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Wiltshire has had a decrease of 2,100 individuals with a Level 3 qualification over the last year, and now has 178,400 individuals qualified to at least this level. This compares very well against the national average (57.2%) and its statistical neighbours (60.2%).  Wiltshire is ranked 39 Nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2017’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 slight decrease of 600 individuals qualified to level 4 or above, the county currently has 121,100 individuals qualified to this level. Wiltshire compares well with the National average (38.6%) and its statistical neighbours (39.7%). An age breakdown of who has a level 4+ qualification is as follows: 20-24 year olds (28.3% of age group) has increased by 1,200 from 5,200 to 6,400 individuals; 25-29 year olds (42.5% of age group, a decrease of 12.6 points) has decreased by 4,300 to 10,600 individuals; 30-39 year olds (49.4% of age group) has increased by 1,900 to 24,700 individuals; 40-49 year olds (47.5% of age group) decreased by 3,500 to 31,900 individuals and 50-64 year olds (45.7% of age group) increased by 3,900 to 47,300 individuals. Nationally Wiltshire is ranked 45 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2017’s data.

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