The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Wigan was worth an estimated £6.3 billion in 2019, according to figures published by the ONS. Wigan's GDP growth between 2018 and 2019 was 2.0% per year. Compare GDP by area.
The Health industry is the largest in Wigan based on the number of jobs, accounting for 14.3% of roles in the area.
2019 ONS figures suggest that there are 129,000 jobs in Wigan, which has a working-age (aged 16-65) population of 205,270. The 2019 job density in Wigan is 0.63, meaning there are 0.63 jobs per member of the Wigan working-age population.
Wigan had a mean average salary for full-time employees of £31,759 in 2021. Wigan's unemployment rate is 3.4% as of 2021. Compare unemployment rate by area.
The 2019 labour force or working-age population in Wigan is 205,270 or 62.1% of the total population.
In 2021, 96.6% of the labour market was recorded as employed, above the 94.8% average rate for England. Of those employed, 15.2% are self-employed, and 84.8% are employees.
The Annual Population Survey for 2020 published by the ONS reports the percentage of the Wigan working-age (aged 16-64) population who have a degree or higher is 30.7%, which is below the 42.8% degree qualification rate for England.
Over 51% of the Wigan working-age population have at least 2 A-levels (or equivalent), and 9% have no qualifications.
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The average salary in Wigan as of 2021 is £31,759. Between 2020 and 2021, average salaries grew by £1,066. Compare average salaries by area.
Wigan's salary growth rate is 3.47% per year based on changes in average salary between 2020 and 2021, which is 3.47% higher than the average salary growth rate in Wigan over the past 9 years.
Business data published by the ONS in 2020 show the most common job group in Wigan is Caring Personal Service 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 Wigan is Elementary Trades And Related Occupations, with roles increasing 78% between July 2020 and July 2021. In England, the fastest-growing type of role is Corporate Managers And Directors.
|Caring Personal Service Occupations||15,400||9.5%||14.9%|
|Elementary Administration & Service Occs||15,300||9.4%||-17.3%|
|Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals||8,900||5.5%||-20.5%|
There was a 4% 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 Wigan is Health. Other major industries include Manufacturing, Retail, which represents over 10% of roles in Wigan.
Financial & Insurance companies make up 1% of the Wigan economy that's lower than the average for England as a whole (~3%).
1% of the total jobs in Wigan 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||9,000||8.6%|
The fastest-growing industry in Wigan is Retail, with jobs in the sector increasing 8% between 2019 and 2020 from 12,000 to 13,000. In England more broadly the fastest-growing industry is Healthcare.
The industry with the biggest decline in Wigan between 2019 and 2020 was Arts, entertainment & recreation, which saw an 25% decrease in roles, going from 6,000 to 4,500. 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 Wigan, the number of roles in this sector has fallen by 0% over the past year, below the 1% annual increase seen in England.
2021 UK Business Count data published by the ONS show there are 30 large businesses in Wigan, 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 130 medium-sized businesses based in Wigan, making up 1.4% 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 860 small businesses based in Wigan, making up 9.2% of total businesses - in England, 8.3% of businesses are small. A small business is defined as having between 10 and 49 employees.
Wigan's unemployment rate is 3.4% that's 2% 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 Student, representing 24.6% of the unemployed population.
Secondary classifications include groups: looking after family, long-term sick, 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