Calderdale Council Has Highest Drop In Women Employed In The Region

29 Mar 2012

A new analysis by GMB of the latest official figures for employment in councils for the third quarter 2011 shows that in Richmondshire council the drop in the number of women employed by the council make up 100% or more of the total drop in the number of employees in the councils since the general election in 2010. These are the highest percentages for any council in the Yorkshire & the Humber region.
Next in the regional league for the proportion of the drop in employment numbers made up by the drop in the number of women in employment in the same period were Calderdale 90.3%, North Yorkshire 84.2%, North East Lincolnshire 74.7%, Doncaster 72.5%, York 67.0%, Selby 66.2%, Wakefield 66.0%, Rotherham 64.9%, Craven 64.0% and Sheffield 62.1%.  The figures for all 21 councils in the region are set out in the table below.
In the Yorkshire & the Humber region as a whole the drop in the number of workers employed by councils between the first quarter of 2010 and the third quarter of 2011 was 19,690. The drop in the number of women employed by these councils in this period was 13,604. This means that the drop in the number of women employed by these council accounts for 69.1% of the total drop in employment in the councils. For England and Wales as a whole the drop in the number of women employed by councils accounts for 68.2% of the total drop in employment by the councils.
This new analysis by GMB, public services union, compares the latest official data for employment in local councils in England and Wales, compiled by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), with the data for the first quarter of 2010. The data is for the number of workers directly employed in the teacher and non-teacher workforce. The table contains details for men and women and is ranked by the proportion of the drop in employment accounted for by the drop in the number of women employed. See Notes to Editors for the ‘source’.
The data in the table below is for the headcount of the numbers of workers employed in councils. It is not for the data set which aggregates workers in to full time equivalent posts. Some of the changes in the data for each council may include the number for staff being transferred into and out of councils. Queries regarding figures for individual councils should be raised directly with the ONS; see contact number in Notes to Editors below.
Table: Change in employment levels (headcount) for councils in the region between first quarters 2010 and quarter of 2011 ranked by councils where the drop in the number of women accounts for the highest proportion of total change in numbers.
Male headcount Female headcount Total headcount Female % of total
Q1 2010 Q3 2011 change Q1 2010 Q3 2011 change change
Yorkshire & the Humber 60,114 54,028 -6,086 183,511 169,907 -13,604 -19,690 69.1
Rank
1 Richmondshire 116 118 2 174 149 -25 -23 >100
2 Calderdale 2,337 2,234 -103 7,532 6,573 -959 -1,062 90.3
3 Hambleton 264 263 -1 348 340 -8 -9 88.9
4 North Yorkshire 5,217 5,111 -106 22,279 21,711 -568 -674 84.2
5 North East Lincolnshire 1,375 823 -552 4,970 3,341 -1,629 -2,181 74.7
6 Doncaster 3,157 2,619 -538 11,107 9,690 -1,417 -1,955 72.5
7 North Lincolnshire 1,581 1,413 -168 5,751 5,315 -436 -604 72.2
8 East Riding of Yorkshire 4,615 4,111 -504 12,765 11,545 -1,220 -1,724 70.8
9 Kingston upon Hull 3,490 2,940 -550 10,359 9,176 -1,183 -1,733 68.3
10 York 2,546 1,992 -554 6,435 5,308 -1,127 -1,681 67.0
11 Selby 97 74 -23 214 169 -45 -68 66.2
12 Wakefield 3,204 2,647 -557 11,872 10,793 -1,079 -1,636 66.0
13 Rotherham 3,022 2,483 -539 10,117 9,120 -997 -1,536 64.9
14 Craven 162 153 -9 185 169 -16 -25 64.0
15 Sheffield 4,865 4,332 -533 13,523 12,651 -872 -1,405 62.1
16 Harrogate 817 729 -88 907 786 -121 -209 57.9
17 Leeds 9,905 9,068 -837 25,070 23,920 -1,150 -1,987 57.9
18 Kirklees 4,847 4,478 -369 14,424 13,924 -500 -869 57.5
19 Barnsley 2,309 2,058 -251 8,138 7,808 -330 -581 56.8
20 Ryedale 150 131 -19 162 150 -12 -31 38.7
21 Bradford 5,468 5,651 183 16,809 16,915 106 289 36.7


Scarborough 570 600 30 370 354 -16 14
Tim Roache, GMB Regional Secretary said, “The drop in the number of women employed in local government and state schools in the region accounts for 69.1% of the drop in numbers employed by these councils since the general election. This is a direct result of the government cuts in public spending. This was entirely predictable because the public sector employs more women than men.
The drop in the number of women employed in the public sector means a serious loss of income from employment to women in the Yorkshire & the Humber region. Many households depend on having income from two wage earners to pay the mortgage and the household bills. The impact will be even worse in the quarter of households with children that are headed by lone parents, 90 per cent of whom are women.
The Tories and Lib Dem’s big gamble that private sector growth would create enough jobs to compensate for their cuts in public sector jobs has failed as the continuing rise in unemployment to 2.7 million shows.
In the middle of the worst international recession for 80 years it is the government itself that is creating unemployment with 381,000 public sector posts already gone and still more cuts to come. These lost jobs could have been available to the 2.7 million workers now facing the despair of mass unemployment.
Government policy is hurting but it’s not working. The budget was a missed opportunity to put the priority on investment to create jobs and boost confidence rather than cutting the tax rate from 50p to 45p for the super-rich. The squandering of human talent through unemployment is a crime that will haunt future generations.”
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Notes to Editors:
1 Source and notes on data - This data is collected and analysed by the office for national statistics (ONS) and forms part of the ONS public sector employment statistics. The LGA is responsible only for publication and any reuse should be properly attributed to the ONS. The data is published with the express consent of all councils. The data is available here: http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pageid=1955843. For queries journalists should contact the ONS press office, telephone 0845 604 1858.
The data relates to the male and female headcount change figures between quarter 1 2010 and quarter3 2011, female change is expressed as a percentage of total change. The data for each quarter is collected on the Friday following the second Thursday in the last month of the quarter.
The data also includes some records for individual local authorities that have been imputed. Records are imputed when a local authority fails to respond for a specific quarter. Rather than simply reporting these as a ‘blank’ or ‘nil’ return in the data the ONS have provided the best estimate of their employment for that time.
Further information on the methodology of the public sector employment statistics is available on the ons website: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/method-quality/quality/quality-information/business-statistics/public-sector-employment.pdf