Temporary employment agencies have seen a lot of activity since the recession. Although they saw a large drop in 2009, the industry is still alive and growing steadily. In the last three years, it’s climbed from 600,043 jobs to 635,028.
Let’s take a closer look at the data. First, we will break it down by region. London has the most jobs, but we can really see growth in the North East and Yorkshire. Second, we will look at specific occupations that are tied to the employment agencies, like teachers and care assistants.
|Gov't Office Region||Gov't Office Region Name||2008 Jobs||2012 Jobs||% Change||2011 Avg. Annual Wage|
|Source: EMSI Covered Employment - 2012.1|
|UKE||Yorkshire and the Humber||49,530||68,860||39%||£19,318|
|UKH||East of England||78,722||68,174||-13%||£17,989|
In the years since the recession, only four economic regions have seen positive change. These four are London (2%), the East Midlands (25%), Yorkshire and the Humber (39%), and the North East (5%). The four with the most decrease are the South East (-20%), South West (-19%), Scotland (-18%), and the West Midlands (-15%). Remember, these percentages correspond to overall change. The industry may well be growing in these regions, but they haven’t yet recovered the ground they lost due to the recession.
Simply because of its high population, London will almost always be home to the majority of workers in any given industry. We can measure the relative size of a workforce using Analyst’s location quotient function. The East Midlands has an LQ of 1.61, the highest of the top four regions above. Yorkshire and the Humber comes in second with an LQ of 1.32, followed by London (1.18) and the North East (0.80). As we will see below, Nottingham is contributing to the high concentration in the East Midlands.
If we break things down to counties and unitary authorities (NUTS3 regions), we get a slightly more nuanced picture. London still has the most jobs, but after East and West London comes Greater Manchester South with 22,408 jobs in 2012, followed by Hertfordshire (20,712) and Nottingham (19,512).
Of these regions, Nottingham has grown the most, with a 6% increase just in the last year. Nottingham is also remarkable for its location quotient, which is 4.27, meaning Nottingham is over four times as concentrated in the temporary employment agency activities industry than the nation as a whole.
This can give us several insights into the labour market in Nottinghamshire. As we will see, the top occupations in the industry are teachers and nurses, which applies to Nottingham as well as to the country. There is apparently a lot of demand for substitute teachers in the Nottingham area.
More than 620,000 jobs exist in temporary employment agency activities. Like any other industry, temporary employment struggled during 2008 and 2009, but it is beginning to recover. It has already grown 6% since 2009.
|SOC||Occupation||Employed in Industry (2008)||Employed in Industry (2011)||Employed in Industry (2012)||Change||% Change||% of the Total Jobs in Industry (2011)||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Source: EMSI Covered Employment - 2012.1|
|2315||Primary and nursery education teaching professionals||49,366||70,357||71,902||22,536||46%||11.3%||£21.56|
|2314||Secondary education teaching professionals||30,228||44,881||45,866||15,638||52%||7.2%||£22.51|
|6115||Care assistants and home carers||46,266||41,271||42,770||-3,496||-8%||6.6%||£8.08|
|4150||General office assistants/clerks||41,851||37,024||37,125||-4,726||-11%||5.9%||£9.20|
|3562||Personnel and industrial relations officers||28,400||31,835||32,362||3,962||14%||5.1%||£12.42|
|9149||Other goods handling and storage occupations n.e.c.||22,909||20,249||20,408||-2,501||-11%||3.2%||£8.02|
The employment agency is mostly stocking schools, it appears. Primary and nursery teaching professionals account for 11.3% of total jobs in the industry and secondary education teaching professionals cover another 7.2%, with educational assistants taking 3.6%. Nurses and care assistants and home carers are next, at 7.0% and 6.6% respectively.
In 2012, temporary employment agencies provided jobs to 71,902 primary and nursery education teaching professionals. That’s an increase of 22,536 since 2008. Even apart from temporary employment agencies, the teaching industry seems to be providing ample amounts of jobs these days. Primary and nursery education teaching professionals, their secondary education counterparts, and educational assistants have all grown since 2008, at 8%, 19%, and 7.5%, respectively.
The real growth is happening in Nottinghamshire. As we mentioned, the temporary employment agency activities industry has seen a huge increase in jobs since 2008 (over 34%) and most of that growth happened in 2009, when other industries were losing jobs.
In 2011, 8,419 primary and nursery education teaching professionals were employed in Nottinghamshire. Of these, 3,262 (39%) were employed in temporary employment agencies. Compare that ratio to the country as a whole: out of 443,234 primary and nursery teachers, only 70,357 (16%) were part of temporary employment agencies. Temporary employment plays a huge role in the economy of Nottinghamshire. It’s not just teachers, either. While temporary employment doesn’t play such a key role in the lives of care assistants and home carers, the industry employs almost 14% (2,450) of them. It may not look like a large percentage, but it is by no means the least. Social work activities without accommodation for the elderly and disabled accounts for 2,709 primary and nursery teaching jobs and residential care activities for the elderly and disabled covers 2,675. Temporary employment is as large a part of care assistants and home carers as either of these other industries.
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