The North East Strategic Economic Plan sets out an ambition to increase the proportion of people employed by the private sector in the North East and close the gap with England excluding London in private sector employment density by 50% by 2024.
This target is based on data from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES). Between 2014 and 2015, the gap between the North East LEP area and England excluding London had reduced by 12%.
In 2016, the businesses counted within BRES were broadened to include businesses with employment counts of less than 20 that paid PAYE but not VAT. This increase in coverage is estimated to have increased the business survey population by 95,000 businesses across Great Britain. Data was published for both 2015 and 2016 using the new coverage. Unfortunately, this means there has been a discontinuity in the availability of data to measure against this SEP target indicator. The North East LEP will continue to measure against this target using the revised dataset, using 2015 as the baseline year.
Progress: Between 2015 and 2017, the gap had widened on this measure. This reflects that the 1.9% increase in private sector employment per head in the North East LEP area was not as large as the 3.3% increase across England excluding London.
Source: Business Register and Employment Survey (Nomis, last updated 26 September 2018) and Population estimates (Nomis, last updated 27 June 2018)
Data information: North East LEP and England excluding London