HC Deb 02 May 1986 vol 96 cc531-2W
Mr. Frank Field

asked the Paymaster General if he will list for each region the latest figures of additional jobs created since June 1979 for (a) employees who are full-time (b) employees who are part-time and (c) self-employed.

Mr. Lang

Information about job gains and job losses is not available from the Department's statistics, but an indication of the net changes can be seen by comparing levels of employment at different dates.

The following tables give the comparisons between levels of employment in each region in June 1979 and the latest date in 1985 for which figures are available. Estimates of the numbers of part-time male employees in employment are not separately available for these dates.

Net changes between June 1979 and December 1985 in numbers of employees in employment
Region Net change
Males and full-time females Part-time females
South East -295,000 222,000
East Anglia -10,000 26,000
South West -141,000 82,000
West Midlands -278,000 -4,000
East Midlands -154,000 39,000
Yorkshire and Humberside -279,000 25,000
North West -338,000 72,000
North -223,000 21,000
Wales -146,000 18,000
Scotland -232,000 79,000

In the midlands (east) division in January 1985 there were 29,946 establishments on the wages inspectorate's register.

The results of wages inspections by visit in the last five years are shown in the table. The figures are not representative of the extent to which employers comply with wages council legislation as the wages inspectorate tends to concentrate its visits on establishments more likely to be underpaying.

Net changes between June 1979 and June 1985 in numbers of self employed
Region Net change
South East 252,000
East Anglia 34,000
South West 106,000
West Midlands 44,000
East Midlands 41,000
Yorkshire and Humberside 89,000
North West 53,000
North 28,000
Wales 22,000
Scotland 32,000

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