Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Employment: Private Sector

16/05/11

 

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Employment: Private Sector

Jonathan Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the sustainability of the increase in the level of private sector employment which took place during the quarter to February 2011; and if he will make a statement. 

Answering Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Member Answering Question: Grayling, Chris
Answer: The Government's aim is to achieve lasting growth in employment by tackling the deficit, improving the competitiveness of the economy and encouraging the growth of new businesses.Private sector employment rose 77,000 in November 2010-January 2011 compared to the previous quarter. This continues the recent trend that has seen it rise in each of the last four quarters and by 428,000 over the last year as a whole. The latest Office for Budget Responsibility forecast is for market based employment to rise by around 1.3 million between 2010 and 2015.