Select Committee on Work and Pensions Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum submitted by the British Retail Consortium (ES 15)

  This memorandum follows from the evidence that I presented to the Select Committee on Wednesday 1 May 2002. It illustrates the recent trends in job creation.

  1.  In 1995-98, all sectors created both full time and part time jobs. More recently, both sorts of jobs have been lost in manufacturing, while services have created largely part time employment. Retail jobs have become more full time, with a net increase of 200,000 made up of a fall in part time employment and a rise in full time jobs.

  2.  The subsequent charts show a more detailed industrial breakdown of all employment. The sectors with the largest net increases over all in 1995-98 were finance and business services, hotels and catering, construction and retail. In 1998-2001, this ranking had changed to public administration, health and education, finance and business services, retail and other services. The total increase in employment is around 300,000 fewer in the later period. It should be noted both that retail and business services are the only categories to appear in both periods and that the public sector has now become much more important in job creation.

Bridget Rosewell

Chief Economic Adviser

15 May 2002

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