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Job Categories


Job category data shows employment broken down by defined job roles and is drawn from the Annual Population Survey which is carried out on 320,000 respondents across the UK. The data shows the number of residents in each job category within a geography. Job categories are broken down into 9 distinct types reflecting work roles.

Ribbon graph shows the size of a job category over time. Use the geography filter to change the area and the slider to change the date range. View either count or percentage using the filters to enable quantitative or proportional comparisons. Job category groups can be compared more easily using the filters. Right click the graph to show underlying data. Click to slide 2 for a map of Devon.

About the data

In Devon professional occupations make up 19.6% of the labour force and are the largest employment group, slightly below the UK average of 20.4%. The volumes of those in elementary occupations in Devon are 1.8% greater than the national average of 10.5%. Between districts there are further differences with 44.5% of jobs in Exeter professional or associate professional compared to 23.4% in North Devon. Elementary occupations are high in North Devon and Exeter at 19.8% and 14.6% respectively. They they only make up 6.1% and 7.9% in South Hams and Torridge. From this it could be concluded that there is high levels of disparity within Exeter, with a high amount of top and bottom level jobs.

The number of people with jobs in low paid sectors such as Caring, Leisure and Other Service Occupations has fallen, and is at its lowest level since 2013. Those in senior positions has also seen a steady rise. With the county trying to improve productivity and create more productive jobs, this is a positive sign.

Last Updated: March 2019