The Workforce

The Portsmouth workforce is one to be proud of. Portsmouth's working population size is not only 4% higher than the UK average, but it continues to grow year on year. In fact, the population is expected to grow by a substantial 11% in the next 20 years alone! Its potential/future workforce is 20% larger than the UK average, and is expected to continue to reach it's higher than UK average education levels too (Level 3 equivalent). Not only does Portsmouth have the numbers of workers to help your business grown, but these workers have unparalleled access to training and educational facilities to ensure they have the skills your business needs.

Portsmouth is home to some of the UKs, and the worlds, most recognised businesses? BAE Systems, IBM, Babcock, QinetiQ, Airbus Defence & Space, and PALL Europe to name but a few, sit side by side with SMEs and start-up companies across dozens of different industries. Companies come to Portsmouth, and more importantly, stay in Portsmouth due to a vast range of reasons-the most important, we believe- is the skills, qualifications, experience and talent of the Portsmouth workforce

Workforce information

The Portsmouth workforce is already one of the most vibrant and diverse in the UK.

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  • The population of Portsmouth is 216,000 (ONS estimate), with approximately 50% females and 50% males, and an average age of 36 years old.
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  • The population is expected to grow 11% from 216,000 to 238,000 approx. in the next 20 years.
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  • Second only to London, Portsmouth's population density means it has a large resident workforce available.
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  • 84.7% of people living in Portsmouth were born in England, followed by 4.8% born in Europe and 4.5% born in the Middle East and Asia.
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  • 92.9% of the population speak English, with other languages including: French, Chinese, Bengali, Arabic, Polish, and Bengali.
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  • The size of the working age population is more than 4% higher than the UK average.
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  • Apprenticeship starts have grown by 20% in the last year.
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  • Potential labour market: 41% students compared to UK average of 26.1%
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  • Average weekly earnings of £515.10 compared to UK average of £541.00
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  • Amount of working population educated to Level 3 standard is 5% higher than UK average.

WE'RE HERE TO HELP

For more information, introductions and opportunities, please contact:

 E: business@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

T: +44 (0)23 9284 1074