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Regional/National Dimension

The significance of the sector varies across the UK, the sector is proportionally larger in:

  • Northern Ireland (23%)
  • Wales (16%)
  • Scotland (13%)
  • South West (14%)

The sector is proportionally smaller in London (1%) and the South East (6%).

There are approximately 166,200 businesses in the sector in England of which over 97% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 858,330 people employed in the sector, and 39% of these are self-employed. 79% of the workforce is employed full-time. The sector has an ageing workforce with 33% aged 50 years and over. 67% of the workforce is male. Those from a white ethnic group comprise 99% of the workforce. 12% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications

Source: Lantra England Fact Sheet 2009 and Skill Assessment for the Environmental and Land-based sector UK 2009


East Midlands

There are approximately 17,574 businesses in the sector, of which 97% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 89,000 people employed in the sector, and 35% of these are self-employed. 81% of the workforce is employed full-time. The sector has an ageing workforce with 35% aged 50 years and over. 69% of the workforce is male. Those from a white ethnic group comprise 99% of the workforce. 20% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications.

Source: Lantra East Midlands Fact Sheet 2009

East of England

There are approximately 23,000 businesses in the sector and around 114,000 people are employed in the sector. 37% of the workforce is self-employed and 74% is employed full-time. The sector has an ageing workforce with 31% aged 50 years and over. 68% of the workforce is male. Those from a white ethnic group comprise 99% of the workforce. 23% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications.

Source: Lantra East of England Fact Sheet 2009

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London

There are approximately 5,650 businesses in the sector and around 48,000 people are employed in the sector. 29% of the workforce is self-employed and 96% of the workforce is employed full-time. 73% of the workforce is male. 32% of the workforce is between 25-34 years old. Those from a white ethnic group make up 92% of the workforce. All of the workforce hold a Level 1 or higher qualification.

Source: Lantra London Fact Sheet 2009

North East

There are approximately 6,500 businesses in the sector of which over 91% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 30,000 people employed in the sector of which 36% are self-employed. 65% of the workforce is male. 93% of the workforce is employed full-time. 9% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications

Source: Lantra North East Fact Sheet 2009

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North West

There are approximately 17,755 businesses in the sector of which over 92% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 87,458 people employed in the sector of which 51% are self-employed. 64% of the workforce is male. 81% of the workforce is employed full-time. The sector has an ageing workforce with 34% aged 50 years and over. 17% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications.

Source: Lantra North West Fact Sheet 2009

South East

There are approximately 24,700 businesses and around 155,000 people employed in the sector. 32% of the workforce is self-employed and 74% is employed full-time. 58% of the workforce is male. 35% of the workforce is aged between 35-49 years. Those from a white ethnic group comprise 97% of the workforce. 6% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications.

Source: Lantra South East Fact Sheet 2009

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South West

There are approximately 33,250 businesses and around 146,000 people employed in the sector. 50% of the workforce is self-employed and 74% is employed full-time. 71% of the workforce is male. The sector has an ageing workforce with 67% aged 40 years or over. 14% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications.

Source: Lantra South West Fact Sheet 2009

West Midlands

There are approximately 19,000 businesses and around 97,000 people employed in the sector. 37% of the workforce is self-employed and 81% is employed full-time. 72% of the workforce is male. The sector has an ageing workforce with 40% aged 50 years and over. Those from a white ethnic group make up 99.6% of the workforce. 14% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications

Source: Lantra West Midlands Fact Sheet 2009

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Yorkshire and the Humber

There are approximately 16,500 businesses in the sector, of which over 93% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 85,000 people employed in the sector of which 37% are self-employed. 88% of the workforce is employed full-time. 69% of the workforce is male. 5% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications.

Source: Lantra Yorkshire and the Humber Fact Sheet 2009

Northern Ireland

There are approximately 20,000 businesses in the sector, of which 98% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 63,000 people employed in the sector of which 52% are self-employed. 87% of the workforce is employed full-time. 83% of the workforce is male. The sector has an ageing workforce with 41% aged 50 years and over. 43% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications, which high compared to all industries in Northern Ireland (16%).

High level roles are becoming increasingly important and the proportion is forecast to increase in the near future. Future skills needs are: health and safety; IT; technical and job specific skills; planning and organisation; business and financial management skills; and essential skills (such as literacy, numeracy, communication skills).

Source: Lantra Northern Ireland Fact Sheet 2009

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Scotland

There are approximately 24,500 businesses in the sector, of which 96% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 115,700 people employed in the sector of which 43% are self-employed. 80% of the workforce is employed full-time. 74% of the workforce is male. The sector has an ageing workforce with 44% aged 50 years and over. Those from a white ethnic group make up 98% of the workforce. 18% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications, which high compared to all industries in Scotland (8%).

Although employment levels are forecast to decrease over the next ten years, replacements demands mean that there is a need for 20,000 people over that period to replace those leaving the sector.

High level roles are becoming increasingly important and the proportion is forecast to increase in the near future. Future skills needs are: business skills; technical skills; and communication skills.

Salary levels vary by job role, but average gross weekly earnings in the sector is £254, compared with £335.

Source: Lantra Scotland Fact Sheet 2009 and Scottish sector profile 2009

Wales

There are approximately 19,180 businesses in the sector, of which 99% employ fewer than 10 people. There are around 84,872 people employed in the sector of which 63% self-employed. 72% of the workforce is employed full-time. 73% of the workforce is male. The sector has an ageing workforce with 45% aged 50 years and over. 28% of the workforce does not hold any formal qualifications.

6% of sector businesses reported vacancies, compares with 21% for Wales as a whole. Welsh languages skills at an intermediate level is considered important by employers. Skills shortages are, however, noted for management and planning, ICT, communications, literacy and numeracy.

High level roles are becoming increasingly important and the proportion is forecast to increase in the near future.

Source: Lantra Wales Fact Sheet 2009 and Future Skills Wales 2005

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