The latest national statistics on trade union membership for the United Kingdom produced by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills were released on 28th April 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Trade Union Membership 2010 uses the Labour Force Survey to provide an estimate of the density of trade union membership for all UK employees and all UK workers. Additionally, estimates of trade union densities are published for age, gender, ethnicity, income, major occupation, industry, full and part-time employment, sector, nation and region. The report also provides information on union presence in workplaces and whether an employees pay and conditions are affected by collective agreement.
Change to occupation variable in the Labour Force Survey from Q1 2011
The occupation variable in the LFS was updated in the first quarter (January-March) of 2011. This change will affect some outputs in the 2012 Trade Union Membership publication, which is due for release on Wednesday 25 April.
The update has resulted in a change to two of the broad occupation groups. ‘Managers and senior officials’’ has been replaced by ‘Managers, directors and senior officials’ and ‘Personal service occupations’ has been replaced by ‘Caring, leisure and other service occupations’.
The specific outputs in the publication which will be affected are as follows:
- Chart 2.1, ‘Trade union density by gender and occupation’
- Chart 3.2, ‘Change in trade union density by occupation’
- Table 3.3, ‘Trade union density by major occupation groups’