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 2,395 new businesses under 2 years old in Wiltshire represents a survival rate of 94.2%, this is higher than nationally where new businesses under 2 years old have a survival rate of 92.2% and higher than Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (93%). This data was sourced from the Business Demography 2015 released November 2016.

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

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There were no jobs created in the fourth quarter 2016/17. However there are approximately 4150 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 Q4 (Jan-Mar) 2016/17.

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, 78% actually receive it (990 2year olds). This is in line with Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (78.3%) and is significantly better than the national average (71%). 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 160 out of 900 adults in the county were in employment in August. This compares well to Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (6.5%) and the national average (5.8%) 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 employee’s receive 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 10,460 16-17 year olds (academic age) in the county, are in employment without regulated qualifications. As such, Wiltshire is broadly in line with its statistical neighbour’s average (0.9%) and the national average (0.8%). Overall, Wiltshire is ranked joint 72 out of the 152 counties nationally. This data is sourced from the national client caseload information system May 2017.

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

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More than three times as many 16-18 year olds (3.4% of 10,460 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 (0.6%) as well as the national average (0.8%). For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked 2 nationally for this measure. This data is sourced from the national client caseload information system May 2017.

EES 10: Percentage of the Working Age Population Claiming ESA

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Wiltshire has only 11,990 individuals claiming Employment Support Allowance, which represents 4.1% of the counties working age (16-64) population. This figure compares favourably with national levels (6.1%) and is back to pre-recession levels; it is also slightly better than Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (4.5%). The amount has remained largely static, with an early intervention strategy in place to contact ESA claimants earlier. Wiltshire was one of the topped ranked counties nationally, ranking joint 25 out of 152. This data is sourced from NOMIS November 2016.

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Pay

EES 3: Average Resident Pay Rate (gross per week)

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The average resident in Wiltshire has increased and now earns £522.00 a week, which ranks the county joint 82 nationally. This amount is lower than the national average (£541.00 per week) as well as the counties statistical neighbours (£545.00), and the gap between Wiltshire and its statistical neighbours average has increased. 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 2016.

EES 4: Average Workplace Pay Rate (gross per week)

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Wiltshire workplaces pay significantly less than its statistical neighbours (£521.30 per week) and the national average (£540.20 per week). This measure refers to the pay rate for jobs within the county. Last year Wiltshire was ranked 97 nationally. This data is sourced from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Resident analysis via NOMIS for 2016.

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Skills Gap

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 29: Percentage of Skills Shortage Vacancies Reported by Employers (hard to fill vacancies)

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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 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 UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey (UKCESS) 2015, T44.

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Qualifications

EES 30: Percentage of Residents with No Qualifications at All

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In 2016, Wiltshire had 11,800 individuals who had no qualifications at all, which was 4,200 fewer than the previous year. Wiltshire remains ahead of its statistical neighbours (5.1%) and continues to be much better than the national average (8.0%).  Wiltshire is ranked joint 11 nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2016’s data.

EES 31: Percentage of Residents with Level 1 Qualifications

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In 2016, Wiltshire had 263,200 individuals with at least a level 1 qualification; this is a decrease of 23,100 individuals but a proportion increase of 2% on previous year. The county compares well against the national average (85.3%) and is better than its statistical neighbours (89.5%). Wiltshire is ranked 8 nationally for this measure out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2016’s data.

EES 32: Percentage of Residents with Level 2 Qualifications

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In 2016, 233,000 individuals had at least a level 2 qualification; this was an increase of over 9,300 individuals during that year. Wiltshire is better than the national average (74.3%) and its statistical neighbours (78.1%) for this performance measure. Wiltshire is ranked 18 nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2016’s data.

EES 33: Percentage of Residents with Level 3 Qualifications

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Wiltshire has had an increase of 5,800 individuals with a Level 3 qualification over the last year, and now has 180,500 individuals qualified to at least this level. This compares very well against the national average (56.9%) and its statistical neighbours (60.1%).  Wiltshire is ranked 38 Nationally. This data was sourced from NOMIS showing December 2016’s data.

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

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Over the last year, Wiltshire has seen an increase of 14,500 individuals qualified to level 4 or above, the county currently has 121,700 individuals qualified to this level. Wiltshire compares well with the National average (38.2%) and its statistical neighbours (40.0%). An age breakdown of who has a level 4+ qualification is as follows: 20-24 year olds (23.6% of age group) has increased by 1,500 from 3,700 to 5,200 individuals; 25-29 year olds (55.1% of age group) has increased by 4,400 to 14,900 individuals; 30-39 year olds (46.3% of age group) has decreased by 500 to 22,800 individuals; 40-49 year olds (52.4% of age group) increased by 4,800 to 35,400 individuals and  50-64 year olds (43.3% of age group) increased by 4,300 to 43,400 individuals. Nationally Wiltshire is ranked 46 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS for April 2017.

EES 34: 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 35: 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.

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