The BRES is a sample survey of employers collecting employment information from businesses across the whole of the UK economy for each site that they operate. The data is broken down by full/part-time, public/private sector and by industry and is available from a national level down to sub-county areas (Lower Super Output areas – LSOAs – in England).

The BRES provides a picture of employment availability and structure, (jobs), within the county and communities within it. Over time it shows how this employment has changed in response to a changing economy and industrial base.

Factsheet: Jobs in County Durham (PDF; 922Kb)

Key Messages:

  • Short term: Between 2018 and 2019 the total number of jobs in the county increased by 2.7% (4,700 more jobs). This increase is greater than the increase across the region (1.9%).  Nationally there was a slight increase in the number of jobs (1.2%),
  • Long term: However, between 2010 and 2019 the total number of jobs in the county grew by around 15,700, an increase of 9.4%. This increase is more than the regional growth of 5.5% but lower than the national growth of 12.9% over the same period,
  • However, this overall growth masks divergent sectoral trends in the county. The number of public sector jobs is declining (18.9% fall since 2010) while private sector jobs are increasing (19.4% increase),
  • The decline in public sector jobs in County Durham is less than the regional decrease of 22.8% but similar to the national decrease of 19.7%,
  • There has been stronger growth in the private sector nationally (22.4%) than there has been regionally (16.6%).

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