Redundancies

Numbers of people made redundant in the North East region. UK level Industry data.

The official redundancy data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is based on individual responses in the Labour Force Survey rather than on a survey of companies. It measures the number of people who stated that they had been made redundant in the three months prior to interview. Until recently, this statistic was only available for the UK, but it has now been made available for regions, dating back to the start of 2009. The North East region includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas. The data is presented in three-month periods but is updated each month. Patterns can be quite volatile as North East totals can be based on a fairly small sample size. 

In the latest three-month period (Mar-May 2021):

  • There were an estimated 4,400 redundancies in the North East region 
  • this was a higher total than in the previous quarter (2,000) but much lower than in the two before that (8,200 and 13,600)
  • the total in Sep-Nov 2020 was the highest since the dataset started in 2009
  • there had been over 32,000 North East redundancies in the five quarters since Mar 2020
  • this compares to 22,000 in the previous five quarters
  • the latest quarterly North East total was equivalent to a rate of 4.2 redundancies per 1,000 employees (0.4%)
  • this rate was slightly higher than England's (4.0) and the fourth highest among the nine English regions.

There is no analysis of redundancies by industry at a regional level, but the latest statistics indicate that there were over 940,000 redundancies in the UK in the 12 month period from June 2020 to May 2021, and that:

  • Almost 31% of these UK redundancies were in either wholesale and retail (17%) or manufacturing (14%)
  • a further 27% were in accommodation and food services (almost 11%), business admin support and professional, scientific and technical activities (both just over 8%)
  • redundancies in most sectors were more than double the totals of the previous 12 month period
  • redundancies in "other services" were 3.5 times the level of the previous 12 months ("other services" include arts, entertainment, sport, recreation, personal services such as hairdressers and activities of membership organisations)
  • redundancy totals in accommodation and food services were three times higher
  • the latest quarterly UK redundancy rates were highest in information and communication and manufacturing, equivalent to, respectively, almost 0.7% and about 0.6% of employees.

There is no analysis of redundancies by age group at a regional level, but across the UK:

  • The redundancy rate in Mar-May 2021 was highest among those aged 35 to 49 and 50 and over
  • the rate was highest among the oldest age group in the previous three-month period (Dec 2020-Feb 2021)
  • the redundancy rate in the Sep-Nov 2020 period was highest among those aged 25 to 34
  • in the previous two quarters (Mar-Aug 2020) it had been highest among the youngest age group. 

Redundancy levels from 2009, North East region

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Labour Market Release Table RED02: Redundancy Rates by Region [ONS, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information:  Based on individual responses in the Labour Force Survey rather than on a survey of companies. A measure of the number of people who stated that they had been made redundant in the three months prior to interview. Mar-May 2017 total unavailable so has been estimated based on trends.

Based on the North East region, which includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas. 


Redundancy rates (per 1,000 employees), English regions

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Labour Market Release Table RED02: Redundancy Rates by Region [ONS, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information:  Based on individual responses in the Labour Force Survey rather than on a survey of companies. A measure of the number of people who stated that they had been made redundant in the three months prior to interview. 

The redundancy rate is the ratio of the redundancy level for the given quarter to the number of employees in the previous quarter, multiplied by 1,000. Where rates are unavailable they have been estimated using trends.

Based on English regions, where the North East region includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas.


Redundancy levels in the UK, industry sectors

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Labour Market Release Table RED02: Redundancy Rates by Region [ONS, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information:  Based on individual responses in the Labour Force Survey rather than on a survey of companies. A measures of the number of people who stated that they had been made redundant in the three months prior to interview. 

The "other services" sector includes arts, entertainment, sport, recreation, personal services such as hairdressers and activities of membership organisations. Some totals have been estimated from trend data.


Redundancy rates in the UK (per 1,000 employees), industry sectors

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Labour Market Release Table RED02: Redundancy Rates by Region [ONS, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information:  Based on individual responses in the Labour Force Survey rather than on a survey of companies. A measure of the number of people who stated that they had been made redundant in the three months prior to interview. 

The redundancy rate is the ratio of the redundancy level for the given quarter to the number of employees in the previous quarter, multiplied by 1,000. Where the rate is unavailable in published data it has been estimated using trend data.

The "other services" sector includes arts, entertainment, sport, recreation, personal services such as hairdressers and activities of membership organisations. 


Redundancy rates in the UK (per 1,000 employees), by age group

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Labour Market Release Table RED02: Redundancy Rates by Region [ONS, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information:  Based on individual responses in the Labour Force Survey rather than on a survey of companies. A measure of the number of people who stated that they had been made redundant in the three months prior to interview. 

The redundancy rate is the ratio of the redundancy level for the given quarter to the number of employees in the previous quarter, multiplied by 1,000.