The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Sunderland was worth an estimated £8.1 billion in 2019, according to figures published by the ONS. Sunderland's GDP growth between 2018 and 2019 was 1.1% per year. Compare GDP by area.
The Manufacturing industry is the largest in Sunderland based on the number of jobs, accounting for 16.5% of roles in the area.
2019 ONS figures suggest that there are 131,000 jobs in Sunderland, which has a working-age (aged 16-65) population of 173,572. The 2019 job density in Sunderland is 0.75, meaning there are 0.75 jobs per member of the Sunderland working-age population.
Sunderland had a mean average salary for full-time employees of £29,228 in 2021. Sunderland's unemployment rate is 6.3% as of 2021. Compare unemployment rate by area.
The 2019 labour force or working-age population in Sunderland is 173,572 or 62.5% of the total population.
In 2021, 93.7% of the labour market was recorded as employed, below 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 Sunderland working-age (aged 16-64) population who have a degree or higher is 28.7%, which is below the 42.8% degree qualification rate for England.
Over 51% of the Sunderland working-age population have at least 2 A-levels (or equivalent), and 9% have no qualifications.
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Main page: Sunderland Salary
The average salary in Sunderland as of 2021 is £29,228. Between 2020 and 2021, average salaries fell by £3,412. Compare average salaries by area.
Sunderland's salary growth rate is -10.45% per year based on changes in average salary between 2020 and 2021, which is 10.45% lower than the average salary growth rate in Sunderland over the past 9 years.
Business data published by the ONS in 2020 show the most common job group in Sunderland is Elementary Administration & Service Occs, accounting for 12% 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 Sunderland is Other Managers And Proprietors, with roles increasing 57% between July 2020 and July 2021. In England, the fastest-growing type of role is Corporate Managers And Directors.
|Elementary Administration & Service Occs||14,500||12.1%||11.5%|
|Caring Personal Service Occupations||8,800||7.4%||-4.3%|
|Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals||7,400||6.2%||-10.8%|
There was a 2% increase 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 Sunderland is Manufacturing. Other major industries include Health, which represents over 10% of roles in Sunderland.
Financial & Insurance companies make up 4% of the Sunderland economy that's higher than the average for England as a whole (~3%).
2% of the total jobs in Sunderland are in Information and Communication, one of the key sectors for the future, below the 5% of jobs in England as a whole.
|Business Administration & Support||11,000||9.1%|
The fastest-growing industry in Sunderland is Information & Communication, with jobs in the sector increasing 43% between 2019 and 2020 from 1,750 to 2,500. In England more broadly the fastest-growing industry is Healthcare.
The industry with the biggest decline in Sunderland between 2019 and 2020 was Professional, scientific & technical, which saw an 25% decrease in roles, going from 4,000 to 3,000. 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 Sunderland, the number of roles in this sector has risen by 43% over the past year, above the 1% annual increase seen in England.
2021 UK Business Count data published by the ONS show there are 40 large businesses in Sunderland, making up 0.7% of total businesses - in England, 0.4% of businesses are large. A large business is defined as having over 250 employees.
There are 110 medium-sized businesses based in Sunderland, making up 1.8% 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 670 small businesses based in Sunderland, making up 10.9% of total businesses - in England, 8.3% of businesses are small. A small business is defined as having between 10 and 49 employees.
Sunderland's unemployment rate is 6.3% that's 1% higher 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 37.7% 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