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Economic Growth Strategy for Thanet


Figure A-3: Proportion

Figure A-3: Proportion of the resident population aged 16-64 holding different qualification levels (January to December 2014) Source: Annual Population Survey Thanet residents are also less likely to have managerial positions than their peers across Kent and the South East more generally. Of the Thanet residents in employment, 8.6% are ‘managers, directors and senior officials’ which compares to 11.4% for Kent, and 11.9% for the South East. Thanet also has a smaller proportion of its population in ‘professional occupations’ and ‘associate professional and technical occupations’ compared to Kent and the South East. Working age population In recent years, the absolute size of Thanet’s working age population has been increasing, rising 4% between 2007 and 2014. This rate of increase is line with that experienced in Kent and the South East over the same period. The proportion of Thanet’s population that is of working age has been in decline in recent years, as demonstrated in Figure A-4. It also highlights that compared to Kent and the South East, Thanet’s population has a lower proportion of individuals aged 16-64. Figure A-4: The proportion of the population that is of working age A-3 Source: ONS mid-year population estimates

Commuting and working patterns Thanet is relatively self-contained, with approximately 65% of the district’s workers also living in the area (31,069 of 47,908). Overall, Figure A-5 below shows that as a district, Thanet is a net exporter of labour. Taken together, Canterbury and Dover provide the workplace locations for 56% of Thanet residents that out-commute while 70% of those commuting into Thanet are from these two areas. Figure A-5: The commuting situation in Thanet Source: Neighbourhood statistics drawing on 2011 Census data Compared to other areas nearby, levels of home working within Thanet are comparatively low. Of all those living and working within Thanet district, 19% were home workers. In contrast, of those living and working in the same local authority district, home working levels in Dover and Ashford were 22% (of 24,003) and 27% (of 27,231) respectively. Employment rate (residence-based) Particularly since the end of the recession, there is evidence to suggest that the employment rate in Thanet has improved much more quickly than either regionally or nationally. It remains relatively low, but it appears to be “catching up”. Table A-1: Employment rate (among the population aged 16+) Thanet South East Great Britain Apr 2011-Mar 2012 48.1% 61.1% 57.6% Apr 2012-Mar 2013 47.4% 60.6% 58.0% Apr 2013-Mar 2014 49.0% 61.5% 58.5% Apr 2014-Mar 2015 52.0% 62.1% 59.3% Apr 2015-Mar 2016 54.5% 62.4% 60.0% (Source: Annual Population Survey) The data suggest further that the number of Thanet residents in employment increased to 59,900 in the year April 2015/March 2016. This was 5,000 higher than two years previously (April 2013/March 2014) and 9,400 higher than in the year April 2012/March 2013. A-4

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