HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 cc1270-1W
Mr. Simmonds

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change has been in the net size of the work force in the UK since 1997. [157812]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Marti Simmonds, dated 8 March 2004:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about skilled migrant workers in the NHS and in the Education sector. [(157584)

The attached table gives the available information from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for the three month period ending in November 2003. "Migrant" workers have been identified from the survey as those people working in the UK whose nationality is not British. The survey does not analyse data specifically according to "skills", but for this purpose "skills" have been represented in terms of a person's highest qualification

As with any statistical sample survey, estimates for the LFS are subject to sampling variability.

Non-British nationals of working age1 working in the NHS and

the education sector, by highest qualification held—3-month

period ending November 2003


authority or

NHS trust



Highest qualification
Degree or equivalent 41 23
Higher education 35 3
GCE A-level or equivalent 3 3
GCSE grades A-C or equivalent 3 3
Other qualifications 36 10
No qualification 3 3
1 Applies to all men aged 16 to 64 and women 16 to 59.
2 This includes university, polytechnic or other grant funded educational establishments.
3 Sample size too small for reliable estimate.
ONS—Labour Force Survey

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