Sheffield Labour Market Profile – April 2019 (NOMIS)

NOMIS has published its monthly labour market profile for April 2019, which draws together a range of statistics about the labour market and compares Sheffield with the Yorkshire & The Humber and UK averages. 

A copy of the report can be viewed by clicking here

N.B. For each dataset NOMIS uses the most recent data available, in some cases this means April 2019, whilst in others it may be as old as 2017. 

Economic Activity

Despite improving by 1.4% relative to a year earlier, Sheffield has a lower economic activity rate than both the regional and national averages

Economic Inactivity

Overall, Sheffield’s economic inactivity rate has fallen over the past year; there are more economically inactive students, but fewer people who are economically inactive because of caring responsibilities or long-term health problems.


The number and the proportion of working age Sheffield people qualified at level 2 and above, level 3 and above and level 4 and above increased between 2017 and 2018 and is above both regional and national averages in each case. 

There are a smaller proportion of working age Sheffield people with no qualifications than either regionally or nationally following further improvement in the city between 2017 and 2018.

Claimant Count

The claimant count is the main measure of the number of people who claim benefits because they are unemployed (not working but actively seeking and available for work).

Overall claimant count numbers in April 2019 are up 200 on April 2018 and up 1,300 on October 2018; the main increases are for the age 25-49 and age 50+ age groups whilst numbers of young claimants have fallen slightly over the same period.