This page includes explorable data and a summary of measures around employment such as employment rates, occupations, qualifications, pay, and job density.
Data included: England, South East, Surrey, Surrey LAs.
Latest data included:
Employment activity (i.e. rates) - Oct 2020 to Sept 2021 (next release: quarterly)
Employment by occupation - Oct 2020 to Sept 2021 (next release: quarterly)
Employment by qualifications - Jan 2020 to Dec 2020 (next release: annually - Autumn 2022)
Gross pay statistics - by residence and place of work - 2021 (next release: Autumn 2022)
Jobs density - 2010 to 2020
Surrey-i also includes other relevant summaries and data. These summaries can be found at low income and unemployment, child poverty and disadvantage, local businesses and enterprises in Surrey.
In October 2020 to September 2021, around 80 per cent of Surrey adults aged 16 to 64 were in employment. Surrey had a higher proportion of the adult population aged 16 to 64 in employment than the South East and England. Elmbridge and Woking had lower employment rates than the South East average which was at 78 per cent.
Employment rates in Surrey local authorities, October 2020 to September 2021
A slightly higher proportion of men aged 16 to 64 were employed (83%) than women (75%). This is because a higher proportion of women were economically inactive (21% of women compared to 14% of men). Men were also more likely to be self-employed than women (12% of men compared to 8% of women).
The number of persons of working-age in Surrey by employment status, October 2020 to September 2021
Surrey residents are more likely to be employed in certain occupations than the rest of England.
Just under 30 per cent of Surrey residents who were employed in October 2020 to September 2021 were in professional occupations (28%) which is much higher than the England average (23%). Surrey also had a higher proportion of residents employed as managers, directors, and senior officials (16%) compared to England (11%). The final occupational group which employed a higher proportion of Surrey residents than the England average was associate professional and technical occupations (18% of Surrey residents compared to 16% of England as a whole).
Compared to England, Surrey has a smaller proportion of residents who are employed in skilled trades occupations; caring, leisure and other service occupations; sales and customer service occupations; elementary occupations; or work as process, plant and machine operatives.
The percentage of the residents of Surrey who were employed, by occupation (October 2020 to September 2021)
Surrey residents who are in employment are, on average, more educated than the South East and England. Only 4.4 per cent of Surrey residents who are employed have no qualifications compared to 4.8 per cent of those in the South East and 6.2 per cent in England.
While the proportion of employed Surrey residents which have an equivalent qualification to at least NVQ 1 level (fewer than 5 GCSEs at grades A-C) is similar to the South East and England averages, Surrey residents have larger proportions with qualifications from higher and further education.
Over half of those employed in Surrey have a qualification which is equivalent to a NVQ 4 (undergraduate degree-level) or higher. Surrey residents are more likely to have these highest levels of education as 54 per cent of employed residents have at least a qualification equivalent to a NVQ 4 compared to 45 per cent of the South East and 43 per cent of England.
The percentage of the residents of Surrey who were employed, by equivalent NVQ level (Jan 2020-Dec 2020)
In 2021, the median annual pay for those who were part-time employed in Surrey was £10,841 for women and £10,846 for men. The average annual pay in 2021 for those in part-time employment was slightly lower in Surrey than the South East and England. The gender pay gap was also small between men and women in Surrey who were part-time employed with a -2.7 per cent difference between men's and women's hourly earnings as a percentage of men's earnings.
The differences in pay between Surrey and other areas and the differences between male and female pay through the gender pay gap within Surrey are much larger for full-time employment.
The average annual pay for those in full-time employment is higher for men and women in Surrey than their counterparts in the South East and England. The median annual pay for men in full-time employment in Surrey was £42,770 which is over £5000 more than the South East average and £9000 more than the average for England. The median annual pay for women in full-time employment in Surrey was £33,996 which is nearly £4000 more than the South East average and over £5000 more than the average for England.
While women in Surrey have a higher median annual pay for full-time work than other women in the South East and England, the gender pay gap is larger for Surrey than the rest of the country. As stated above, the median annual pay for men in full-time employment in Surrey was £42,770 in 2021 and this is a difference of £8,704 compared to the median for women.
The gender pay gap for full-time employment showed a 9.4 per cent difference between men's and women's hourly earnings (as a percentage of men's earnings) for England and a 12.7 per cent difference for the South East. However, the gender pay gap for Surrey residents in full-time employment was much higher than England or the South East with there being a 17 per cent difference between men's and women's hourly earnings in Surrey.
Average gross annual pay by sex and place of residence, 2021
The median hourly pay for men in Surrey in full-time employment in 2021 was £20.74 compared to £18.04 for the South East. Women in full-time employment in Surrey had a median hourly pay of £17.18 compared to £15.66 in the South East.
Average gross hourly pay by sex and place of residence, 2021
Employment activity & employment by occupation & employment by qualifications: Annual Population Survey on https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/
Gross Pay Statistics by place of residence: Earnings and hours worked, place of residence by local authority: ASHE Table 8 - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
Gross Pay Statistics by place of work: Earnings and hours worked, place of work by local authority: ASHE Table 7 - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)