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Employment by Sector


Information on Employment is drawn from the Annual Population Survey and Labour Force Survey which is carried out on 320,000 respondents across the UK.

Line graph shows the trends over time. Use the slider to change the date range and the geography filters to compare different areas. View either count or percentage using the filters to enable quantitative or proportional comparisons. Breakdown by gender and other variables can be carried out using the filters. Right click the graph to show underlying data. Click to slide 2 for a map of Devon.

About the data

Devon’s employment is weighted towards the retail, tourism and health sectors, between them accounting for almost 44% of employment in the county. However, these sectors are traditionally less productive and the high employment in these industries partially explains the productivity gap Devon faces. The more productive sectors such as Finance & Insurance and Professional, Scientific & Technical are only 43% and 69% of the national average, a deficit which is made up by sectors such as Construction and Accommodation & Food which are 40% bigger than they are nationally. Hosting almost twice the employment of Teignbridge, the next largest district, Exeter is the biggest employer in Devon with 95,000 employees, driven by large inward commuting to Devon’s main urban area.

Last Updated: August 2018