The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Wirral was worth an estimated £6.2 billion in 2019, according to figures published by the ONS. Wirral's GDP growth between 2018 and 2019 was 3.1% per year. Compare GDP by area.
The Health industry is the largest in Wirral based on the number of jobs, accounting for 23.3% of roles in the area.
2019 ONS figures suggest that there are 119,000 jobs in Wirral, which has a working-age (aged 16-65) population of 192,904. The 2019 job density in Wirral is 0.62, meaning there are 0.62 jobs per member of the Wirral working-age population.
Wirral had a mean average salary for full-time employees of £31,486 in 2021. Wirral's unemployment rate is 4.2% as of 2021. Compare unemployment rate by area.
The 2019 labour force or working-age population in Wirral is 192,904 or 59.5% of the total population.
In 2021, 95.8% of the labour market was recorded as employed, above the 94.8% average rate for England. Of those employed, 10.7% are self-employed, and 89.3% are employees.
The Annual Population Survey for 2020 published by the ONS reports the percentage of the Wirral working-age (aged 16-64) population who have a degree or higher is 36.8%, which is below the 42.8% degree qualification rate for England.
Over 59% of the Wirral working-age population have at least 2 A-levels (or equivalent), and 7% have no qualifications.
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The average salary in Wirral as of 2021 is £31,486. Between 2020 and 2021, average salaries grew by £1,032. Compare average salaries by area.
Wirral's salary growth rate is 3.39% per year based on changes in average salary between 2020 and 2021, which is 3.39% higher than the average salary growth rate in Wirral over the past 9 years.
Business data published by the ONS in 2020 show the most common job group in Wirral is Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals, 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 Wirral is Protective Service Occupations, with roles increasing 227% between July 2020 and July 2021. In England, the fastest-growing type of role is Corporate Managers And Directors.
|Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals||12,500||8.9%||1.6%|
|Caring Personal Service Occupations||11,700||8.3%||19.4%|
|Elementary Administration & Service Occs||10,400||7.4%||-21.8%|
|Corporate Managers And Directors||9,600||6.8%||11.6%|
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 Wirral is Health. Other major industries include Retail, Education, which represents over 10% of roles in Wirral.
Financial & Insurance companies make up 1% of the Wirral economy that's lower than the average for England as a whole (~3%).
2% of the total jobs in Wirral 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||9,000||9.1%|
The fastest-growing industry in Wirral is Information & Communication, with jobs in the sector increasing 17% between 2019 and 2020 from 1,500 to 1,750. In England more broadly the fastest-growing industry is Healthcare.
The industry with the biggest decline in Wirral between 2019 and 2020 was Mining, quarrying & utilities, which saw an 36% decrease in roles, going from 1,250 to 800. 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 Wirral, the number of roles in this sector has risen by 17% over the past year, above the 1% annual increase seen in England.
2021 UK Business Count data published by the ONS show there are 20 large businesses in Wirral, making up 0.2% of total businesses - in England, 0.4% of businesses are large. A large business is defined as having over 250 employees.
There are 140 medium-sized businesses based in Wirral, making up 1.5% 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 790 small businesses based in Wirral, making up 8.3% of total businesses - in England, 8.3% of businesses are small. A small business is defined as having between 10 and 49 employees.
Wirral's unemployment rate is 4.2% that's 1% 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 32.2% of the unemployed population.
Secondary classifications include groups: student, looking after family, retired, 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