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Statistics

Labour Market Statistics

A summary of key statistics for Burnley can be found by clicking on this link

Number of people employed in Burnley

In 2015 the number of people employed in Burnley was 37,200
The percentage of people employed in each broad industrial sector in Burnley in 2015 was as follows

Agriculture, Forestry & fising 0%
Mining, quarrying & utilities 1%
Manufacturing 14%
Construction 4%
Motor trades 1%
Wholesale 5%
Retail  12%
Transport & storage (inc postal) 4%
Accommodation & food services 5%
Information & communication 3%
Financial & insurance 1%
Property 2%
Professional, scientific & technical 3%
Business administration & support services 8%
Public administration & defence 3%
Education 12%
Health 17%
Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services 5%

Source: ONS Business Register & Employment Survey 2015

Between 2009 and 2014 the number of people employed in Burnley increased by 15.2%. This is compared to 4.3% in the North West and 7.1% throughout Great Britiain over the same period.

Burnley has over 1.5 times the average number of people employed in the Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace industries than the Great Britain average whilst Pennine Lancashire (Burnley, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Rossendale) has over twice the average number. Click here for an Infographic on this important sector for Burnley

There were 28,400 people, or 79.6% of the workforce employed in the private sector in 2014. Between 2013-2014 the number of people employed in the private sector in Burnley grew by 7.2%. This was the highest increase in Lancashire in this time period.

Private Sector jobs growth grew by 5.5% in Burnley between 2014 and 2015. Compared with only 2.0% in the North West and 2.8% across Great Britain. Burnley's private sector employment also grew faster than the Lancashire LEP area average of 2.0% and the Greater Manchester LEP area average of 2.3%.

 

Average Pay

The weekly gross full time average pay earned by residents in Burnley in 2015 was £421.80
Whilst the weekly gross full time average pay paid by employers in Burnley in 2015 was £410.10

The fact that resident earnings in Burnley are higher than workplace earnings indicates that residents of Burnley benefit from commuting out to other borough's where weekly workplace pay is higher.

Resident average weekly earnings have increased by £74.20 since 2002
Whilst workplace average weekly earnings have increased by £68.70 since 2002.

Source: ONS Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings 2015

For a more detailed analysis of wage levels and the changes to wage levels in Burnley including comparisons with neighbouring boroughs a report on the Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings can be found here

 

Number of businesses

The number of active enterprises in Burnley in 2015 was 2,705
The number of business 'births' in Burnley in 2015 was 325
The number of business 'deaths' in Burnley in 2015 was 250
The number of businesses per 10,000 of the resident working age population in Burnley in 2015 was 388

The growth in the number of active enterprises in Burnley between 2014-2015 was 1.3%.

Burnley has a strong rate of survival for new businesses. Of the business born in Burnley over the last 5 years Burnley had a higher percentage of survival after 1 year of trading than the North West and Great British average in 4 of the 8 years surveyed. By 5 years of trading Burnley firms have a higher or equal chance of survival than the county, region or national average.

Source: ONS Business Demography 2015

 

The number of business 'enterprises' in Burnley in 2015 was 2,440, of which 2,435 or 99.8% were private sector. Of these 2,105 were Micro businesses (0-9 staff), 275 were Small (10-49 staff), 50 were medium size (50-249 staff) and 10 were Large companies (250+ staff)

In contrast, there were 3,045 'local units', of which 95.7% were private sector (An enterprise is an overall business wheras a local unit is an individual site associated with an enterprise, such as a shop or a factory). 

Source: ONS UK Business counts 2015

 

Population

The population of Burnley, according to the ONS Mid Year Population Estimates, in the year 2015 was 87,400. The population of the town has risen from 86,900 in 2010. A short report on the ONS Mid Year Population Estimates can be found here

Apprenticeships

For the academic year 2014/15 there were 1,160 residents of Burnley who had 'started' an apprenticeship. This is 14% more than the previous year. Burnley had the 4th highest number of apprenitceship starts in Lancashire. Between the academic year 2005/06 and 2014/15 the number of apprenticeship starts in Burnley grew by 197.4%

For the academic year 2013/14 there were 670 residents of Burnley who had 'achieved' an apprenticeship. This is 8% more than the previous year. This makes Burnley joint third for the highest number in apprenticeship acheivements in Lancashire and an increase of 139% since 2005/06.

In 2012/13 the most popular sector being studied for an apprenticeship was 'Business Administration and Law', followed by 'Health, Public Services and Care',  'Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies' and 'Retail and Commercial Enterprise'

There were 590 businesses within Burnley employing apprentices in 2013/14. This is the 4th highest in Pennine Lancashire.

A short report on 2012/13 academic year Apprenticeships can be found here with an update here

Business Survey

The seventh biannual Burnley business survey was undertaken between December 2012 to January 2013. A brief summary of the results canbe found below:

  • Most businesses said that turnover and profitability have improved and is expected to continue improving. This provides a sign that Burnley companies are now exiting the period of national recession and economic stagnation.
  • However, most companies are not taking advantage of international markets with which to access growth. 80% of companies said they do not export and 70% are not considering it
  • The performance of local businesses continues to grow. Profitability, sales and cash flow are all significantly improved from the 2011 survey, which in turn were an improvement on the 2009 survey. Cash-flow has significantly improved since the 2011 survey, although it still remains an issue for some businesses.
  • Improved performance over the last 12 months appears to have bred confidence for the future. Over the next 24 months 63% of businesses’ expect profitability to increase whilst 70% expect sales to increase and over half expect cash flow to improve. These figures have consistently risen since the 2009 survey.
  • When it comes to the factors which are having a positive effect on business growth, the availability of a skilled workforce has overtaken access to finance as the most ‘positive’ factor since 2009. This demonstrates that businesses are now more confident about their finances and place emphasis for their growth on more tangible factors.
  • 92% of businesses have invested in their business over the last year with training, investment in equipment and ICT as well as marketing being the most popular areas of investment. Whilst 91% intend to make an investment over the next 12 months.
  • 42.4% of businesses had increased staff levels over the past year with 45.6% planning to increase staff levels in the coming year.
  • Over 90% of businesses had provided some form of training over the last 12 months. Of those who do not intend to train their staff over the next 12 months half said that their staff are already suitably qualified whilst slightly less than half said that it was too expensive to train their staff.

A copy of the full survey report can be found here.

For more information on any statistics contained on this page contact Ryan Gifford, Assistant Economic Development Officer. rgifford@burnley.gov.uk

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