Worksheet EC1: Employment

Sub-section 1: Employment Edit

Q1. What is

a.The ratio of employed people to the total working age population?

b. The ratio of working women to working men?

Compare these ratios with regional and national averages. This will help identify if there is hidden unemployment locally.

(Worksheet S1 Q4 also refers to employment)


The Malling Action Partnership Area has a higher proportion of people of employable age than the UK. There is high male and female employment.

Q 2: What proportion of local people commutes out of the town/hinterland to work and how far do they go?

Compare the proportion with averages for other market towns (a list of towns is available on the Market Towns website).

(Worksheets T1; T2; T3 also refer to travel)


The MAP area has about 10% more commuters out of the area than the rest of the UK, and about 3% more than the overall Tonbridge and Malling District.

Q 3. Household earnings

a.What are average household earnings?

b.How do they compare with the national and regional averages?

c.What percentage is above and below the average income level?

Average weekly earnings per household in the MAP area are £785 compared with a South East average of £660: All parishes have higher than the regional average except East Malling (£570). Kings Hill earnings are exceptionally high at £1450.

19% of households have lower than regional average earnings.

Q 4. How do employment rates in specific key industry sectors compare over time with regional and national averages?

Unemployment is lower than the national average: In the MAP area unemployment has dropped from 1% to 0.86% from January 2007 to January 2008. The District level has dropped from 1.2% to 0.9% and the UK level from 2.6% to 2.2%.

Q 5. Employers

a.Which employers employ over 100 people?

b.What is the proportion of the local workforce employed by them?


There are 14 employers who employ more than 100 people in the area: they employ 2236 people between them, about 34% of employees in the MAP area.