Employment by occupation

The occupational structure of the North East labour market

Employment numbers can be broken down into different occupations as well as into different industries. There are nine occupation types within the broadest classification (SOC2010 major groups) and 25 within the next, more detailed, classification (SOC2010 sub-major groups).  

In the Apr20-Mar21 twelve month period, compared to England excluding London, the North East LEP area had: 

  • Higher percentages of employment 
    • in caring, leisure and other service occupations e.g. care workers and hairdressers; 
    • in sales and customer service occupations, e.g. sales assistants and retail cashiers; and 
    • in elementary occupations, e.g. elementary cleaning and storage occupations
  • Similar proportions in employment
    • in administrative and secretarial occupations, e.g. bank clerks and company secretaries; and 
    • as process, plant and machine operatives, e.g. assemblers of goods and transport or mobile machine drivers;
  • Smaller percentages of employment in: 
    • managers, directors and senior officials; 
    • professional occupations, e.g. health or teaching professionals; and 
    • associate professional & technical occupations, e.g. protective service occupations or science and engineering technicians
    • skilled trades occupations, e.g. construction and building trades or electrical and electronic trades.

The first three occupations are identified as "better jobs" in the North East Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

At a more detailed level, in Apr20-Mar21, compared to nationally, the North East had 

  • particularly high percentages of employment 
    • in administrative occupations;
    • in customer service occupations; 
    • in skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades;
    • in elementary administration and service occupations; and 
    • as health professionals
  • lower than average proportions of workers who are
    • science, research, engineering and technology professionals;
    • corporate managers and directors; 
    • business, media and public service professionals;
    • business and public service associate professionals; and
    • culture, media and sports occupations.

In the seven years from 2014, there has been growth in levels of employment in the North East in many professional and associate professional occupation groups. There has also been growth in caring, leisure, sales, customer service and elementary service occupations. On the other hand, there have been large decreases in the numbers of workers in administrative and secretarial occupations; in skilled trades; and as process, plant and machine operatives.

The statistics are based on surveys taken over a twelve-month period, during which COVID-19 was impacting the labour market but furloughed employees were included in employment totals. 

Employment by broad occupation, North East LEP, England, England excluding London

Last updated:
30/09/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey - workplace analysis [Nomis, last updated on 14 Sep 2021]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area, England excluding London and England. Percentages are rounded to the nearest 0.1% and, therefore, may not sum to 100%


Employment by detailed occupation, North East LEP, England, England excluding London

Last updated:
30/09/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey - workplace analysis [Nomis, last updated on 14 Sep 2021]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area, England excluding London and England. Percentages are rounded to the nearest 0.1% and, therefore, may not sum to 100%


Employment by broad occupation in the North East, net change since 2014

Last updated:
30/09/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey - workplace analysis [Nomis, last updated on 14 Sep 2021]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area


Employment by detailed occupation in the North East, net change since 2014

Last updated:
30/09/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey - workplace analysis [Nomis, last updated on 14 Sep 2021]

Data information: Based on North East LEP area