The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in North West England was worth an estimated £213 billion in 2019, according to figures published by the ONS. North West England's GDP growth between 2018 and 2019 was 3.3% per year. Compare GDP by area.
The Health industry is the largest in North West England based on the number of jobs, accounting for 14.1% of roles in the area.
2019 ONS figures suggest that there are 3,909,000 jobs in North West England, which has a working-age (aged 16-65) population of 4,572,870. The 2019 job density in North West England is 0.85, meaning there are 0.85 jobs per member of the North West England working-age population.
North West England had a mean average salary for full-time employees of £34,501 in 2021. North West England's unemployment rate is 5.0% as of 2021. Compare unemployment rate by area.
The 2019 labour force or working-age population in North West England is 4,572,870 or 62.1% of the total population.
In 2021, 95.0% of the labour market was recorded as employed, above the 94.8% average rate for England. Of those employed, 11.4% are self-employed, and 88.6% are employees.
The Annual Population Survey for 2020 published by the ONS reports the percentage of the North West England working-age (aged 16-64) population who have a degree or higher is 38.6%, which is below the 42.8% degree qualification rate for England.
Over 58% of the North West England working-age population have at least 2 A-levels (or equivalent), and 8% have no qualifications.
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Main page: North West England Salary
The average salary in North West England as of 2021 is £34,501. Between 2020 and 2021, average salaries fell by £107. Compare average salaries by area.
North West England's salary growth rate is -0.31% per year based on changes in average salary between 2020 and 2021, which is 0.31% lower than the average salary growth rate in North West England over the past 9 years.
In North West England, the highest average wages are found in Warrington where the average salary is £37,865 and the lowest average wages are found in Blackpool where the average salary is £30,717. The difference in average salary between the two areas is £7,148 - the average person in Warrington earns 23.3% more than the average person in Blackpool.
Business data published by the ONS in 2020 show the most common job group in North West England is Administrative Occupations, accounting for 9% of all roles in the area. In England as a whole, the largest job group is Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals.
The fastest-growing type of job in North West England is Health & Social Care Assoc. Professionals, with roles increasing 29% between July 2020 and July 2021. In England, the fastest-growing type of role is Corporate Managers And Directors.
|Elementary Administration & Service Occs||281,700||8.3%||-11.1%|
|Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals||252,200||7.4%||-0.2%|
|Corporate Managers And Directors||245,700||7.2%||-6.1%|
|Caring Personal Service Occupations||242,700||7.2%||-8.4%|
There was a 3% decrease in roles between 2019 and 2020. In England as a whole, there was a 2% decrease.
Based on the total number of jobs, the largest industry in North West England is Health. Other major industries include Retail, which represents over 10% of roles in North West England.
Financial & Insurance companies make up 3% of the North West England economy that's lower than the average for England as a whole (~3%).
3% of the total jobs in North West England are in Information and Communication, one of the key sectors for the future, below the 5% of jobs in England as a whole.
|Professional, Scientific & Technical||301,000||8.8%|
The fastest-growing industry in North West England is Information & Communication, with jobs in the sector increasing 7% between 2019 and 2020 from 97,000 to 104,000. In England more broadly the fastest-growing industry is Healthcare.
The industry with the biggest decline in North West England between 2019 and 2020 was Transport & storage, which saw an 13% decrease in roles, going from 196,000 to 171,000. In England more broadly the industry with the biggest year on year decline was Arts, entertainment & recreation, with roles decreasing by 8%.
The Information and communication industry includes many of the top companies of the future. In North West England, the number of roles in this sector has risen by 7% over the past year, above the 1% annual increase seen in England.
2021 UK Business Count data published by the ONS show there are 1,040 large businesses in North West England, making up 0.4% of total businesses - in England, 0.4% of businesses are large. A large business is defined as having over 250 employees.
There are 4,375 medium-sized businesses based in North West England, making up 1.6% of total businesses - in England, 1.5% of businesses are medium-sized. A medium-sized business is defined as having between 50 and 249 employees.
There are 24,345 small businesses based in North West England, making up 9.0% of total businesses - in England, 8.3% of businesses are small. A small business is defined as having between 10 and 49 employees.
North West England's unemployment rate is 5.0% that's 0% lower than the average unemployment rate for England as a whole. Unemployment rates are the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the working-age population.
The main group within the unemployment population is Long-term Sick, representing 26.5% of the unemployed population.
Secondary classifications include groups: student, looking after family, retired, other, all of which represent over 10% of the unemployed population.
In England as a whole, students are the main group within the unemployed population, accounting for 28.9% of the unemployed population.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2021. Data sources: ONS Local statistics