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TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP 2011

Nikki Brownlie

A NATIONAL STATISTICS PUBLICATION

About this publication
The statistics in this publication are National Statistics. This means they comply with the UK Statistics Authority standards. The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm's length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. For more information about National Statistics please go to:

http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/
All National Statistics are now published in the publications hub on the Statistics Authority’s website, given here: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/index.html

About Labour Market Analysis
Labour Market Analysis is a multi-disciplinary team of economists, social researchers and statisticians based in the Labour Market Directorate of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). The statisticians in the team are members of the Government Statistical Service and take responsibility for producing this National Statistics Trade Union Membership publication. The role of the team is to provide the evidence base for good policy making in employment relations, labour market and equality and discrimination at work. We do this through:      Conducting periodic benchmark surveys Commissioning external research reports Conducting in-house research and analysis Assessing the regulatory impact of new employment laws Monitoring and evaluating the impact of government policies

We publicly disseminate the results of this research through the BIS Employment Relations Research Series and other publications. For further details of the team’s work, including PDF versions of all our publications, please see our web pages at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/employment-matters/research Published in April 2012 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. URN 12/P77 © Crown Copyright 2012 Electronic copies of this publication and previous editions can be downloaded from the BIS website: http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/employment-matters/research/trade-union-stats. (We have discontinued publishing printed copies). Postal enquiries should be addressed to: Nikki Brownlie Labour Market Analysis Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Floor 3, Abbey 1 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET United Kingdom Email enquiries should be addressed to: labourmarket.analysis@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Trade Union Membership 2011

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Foreword
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is responsible for publishing the National Statistics on trade union membership. An annual question on trade union membership was introduced into the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in 1989 and it has been asked in the fourth quarter (Q4) every year since 1992. Questions on trade union presence and recognition were added in 1993, and the question on collective agreements was introduced in 1996. In the past, trade union membership statistics were published in an annual article in the ONS journal Labour Market Trends. This was replaced in 2004 by an annual National Statistic report, of which this is the ninth in the series. This publication produced by Nikki Brownlie contains annual estimates of trade union membership from the Labour Force Surveys up to the fourth quarter of 2011 for both employees and all workers. Estimates are presented on the proportion (density) of people in employment (including self employed) who are trade union members, and for employees whose pay and conditions are affected by collective agreements. We also provide trade union densities by age, gender, ethnicity, income, major occupation, industry, full and part-time employment, sector, nation and region. Industrial sectors are presented based on Standard Industrial Classification 2007. The occupations figures for 2011 are based on the new Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010),...
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