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We are conduct research and compile data about the county, the economy and much more. If you are looking for information older than 2014 here is where you will find it.


BRES Profiles 2014

Business Register Employment Survey (BRES) 2014:

The documents below are summaries of the employment profiles of each Local Authority.


Resident Population:

The estimated population of an area includes all those usually resident in the area, whatever their nationality. HM Forces stationed outside the United Kingdom are excluded but foreign forces stationed here are included. Students are taken to be resident at their term-time address.


Resident population
  West Sussex South East Great Britain
Total 815,100 8,724,700 61,881,400
Male 395,100 4,288,500 30,420,500
Female 420,000 4,436,300 31,460,900

Source: mid-year population estimates 


Employment and Unemployment:

This data consists of people who are employed, as well as those people defined as unemployed or economically inactive, who can be considered to be potential labour supply. Information in this section relates to the characteristics of people living in an area.


Employment and unemployment Jan '13 - Dec '13
  West Sussex West Sussex South East Great Britain
  number % % %
Economic activity* 428,500 83.8 80.0 77.4
In employment* 405,000 79.1 75.4 71.5
Employees* 341,900 68.0 63.8 61.2
Self-employment* 58,500 10.6 11.1 9.7
Unemployment~ 23,400 5.5 5.7 7.5

Source: ONS annual population survey

* numbers are for those aged 16 and over, % are for those aged 16-64

~ numbers and % are for those aged 16 and over. % is a proportion of economically active



Qualifications data are only be available from the APS for calendar year periods, for example, Jan to Dec 2005. The variables show the total number of people who are qualified at a particular level and above, so data in this table are not additive.


Qualifications Jan '13 - Dec '13
  West Sussex West Sussex South East Great Britain
  (number) (%) (%) (%)
NVQ4+ 171,900 35.4 38.3 35.2
NVQ3+ 274,600 56.5 59.3 55.8
NVQ2+ 371,500 76.5 76.5 72.5
NVQ1+ 431,600 88.9 88.4 84.4
Other qualifications 22,700 4.7 5.2 6.3
No qualifications 31,400 6.5 6.5 9.3

Source: ONS annual population survey

% is a proportion of resident population of area aged 16-64


West Sussex Basket of Indicators - April 2014

The West Sussex Basket of Indicators report gives an insight into the state of the economy in West Sussex through economic activity rates, unemployment rates, GVA and claimant count.


Independent Economic Commission

In 2013, the County Council established the West Sussex Independent Economic Commission (chaired by Professor John Craven CBE former Vice- Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth) to provide an independent assessment of the potential for economic growth in West Sussex and make recommendations on action that the County Council and its partners could take to secure a higher long-term growth rate. 

The Commission reported back to the County Council and a full copy the Commission’s report can be found here.


Economic Factsheets – April 2013 

These economic factsheets provide a summary of the key data that covers economic activity, claimant count rates and house prices. The factsheets have been produced by the Economic Development Team.
•    West Sussex economic factsheet (PDF, 4 pages, 717KB) 
•    Coastal West Sussex economic factsheet (PDF, 4 pages, 687KB) 
•    Gatwick Diamond factsheet (PDF, 4 pages, 632KB) 
•    Gatwick Diamond West Sussex factsheet (PDF, 4 pages, 672KB) 
•    Rural West Sussex factsheet (PDF, 4 pages, 702KB)


West Sussex Local Economic Assessment 

The Local Economic Assessment (LEA)

The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, which came into effect on 1 April 2010, places a statutory duty on upper tier and unitary authorities to prepare a Local Economic Assessment (LEA).

Statutory guidance on LEAs, released in April 2010 and setting out what the new duty is intended to achieve and how assessments should be taken forward was subsequently withdrawn and there are no proposals to replace it. This gives local authorities greater flexibility over how they take forward their assessments.

The aim of the LEA is to provide an examination of the economic, social and environment components that affect the county’s economic performance. A draft West Sussex LEA, building on data and information the County Council already uses, has been undertaken.

The broad themes addressed in the West Sussex LEA are:

  • business and enterprise
  • people and communities
  • sustainable economic growth
  • transport provision and other infrastructure
  • economic competitiveness.


The State of the County

In 2006 West Sussex County Council commissioned the Local Futures Group to produce "State of the County", an economic, social and environmental audit for West Sussex. The basic thrust of the audit is to compare and benchmark the performance of West Sussex against each sub region in Britain, each region and Great Britain as a whole including the performance of each district in the county.

Supplement to the above report:

An economic profile of West Sussex 2008

This report is a partial update of the 2006 audit but focusing particularly on economic performance.