The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in St. Helens was worth an estimated £3.4 billion in 2019, according to figures published by the ONS. St. Helens's GDP growth between 2018 and 2019 was 1.8% per year. Compare GDP by area.
The Health industry is the largest in St. Helens based on the number of jobs, accounting for 13.3% of roles in the area.
2019 ONS figures suggest that there are 69,000 jobs in St. Helens, which has a working-age (aged 16-65) population of 110,667. The 2019 job density in St. Helens is 0.62, meaning there are 0.62 jobs per member of the St. Helens working-age population.
St. Helens had a mean average salary for full-time employees of £38,420 in 2021. St. Helens's unemployment rate is 5.0% as of 2021. Compare unemployment rate by area.
The 2019 labour force or working-age population in St. Helens is 110,667 or 61.1% 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, 9.7% are self-employed, and 90.3% are employees.
The Annual Population Survey for 2020 published by the ONS reports the percentage of the St. Helens working-age (aged 16-64) population who have a degree or higher is 36.1%, which is below the 42.8% degree qualification rate for England.
Over 57% of the St. Helens working-age population have at least 2 A-levels (or equivalent), and 8% have no qualifications.
Main page: St. Helens Salary
The average salary in St. Helens as of 2021 is £38,420. Between 2020 and 2021, average salaries grew by £8,405. Compare average salaries by area.
St. Helens's salary growth rate is 28.00% per year based on changes in average salary between 2020 and 2021, which is 28.00% higher than the average salary growth rate in St. Helens over the past 9 years.
Business data published by the ONS in 2020 show the most common job group in St. Helens is Elementary Administration & Service Occs, accounting for 11% 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 St. Helens is Skilled Construction And Building Trades, with roles increasing 56% between July 2020 and July 2021. In England, the fastest-growing type of role is Corporate Managers And Directors.
|Elementary Administration & Service Occs||8,400||10.7%||6.3%|
|Corporate Managers And Directors||6,600||8.4%||-8.3%|
|Caring Personal Service Occupations||5,900||7.5%||-15.7%|
|Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals||5,500||7.0%||14.6%|
There was a 6% 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 St. Helens is Health. Other major industries include Retail, Transport & Storage, which represents over 10% of roles in St. Helens.
Financial & Insurance companies make up 1% of the St. Helens economy that's lower than the average for England as a whole (~3%).
1% of the total jobs in St. Helens are in Information and Communication, one of the key sectors for the future, below the 5% of jobs in England as a whole.
|Transport & Storage||7,000||11.7%|
|Business Administration & Support||5,000||8.3%|
The fastest-growing industry in St. Helens is Property, with jobs in the sector increasing 67% between 2019 and 2020 from 900 to 1,500. In England more broadly the fastest-growing industry is Healthcare.
The industry with the biggest decline in St. Helens between 2019 and 2020 was Business administration & support, which saw an 38% decrease in roles, going from 8,000 to 5,000. 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 St. Helens, the number of roles in this sector has risen by 14% over the past year, above the 1% annual increase seen in England.
2021 UK Business Count data published by the ONS show there are 15 large businesses in St. Helens, making up 0.3% of total businesses - in England, 0.4% of businesses are large. A large business is defined as having over 250 employees.
There are 95 medium-sized businesses based in St. Helens, making up 1.9% 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 480 small businesses based in St. Helens, making up 9.7% of total businesses - in England, 8.3% of businesses are small. A small business is defined as having between 10 and 49 employees.
St. Helens'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 36.3% of the unemployed population.
Secondary classifications include groups: student, looking after family, 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