Work & labour market

Employment is a primary determinant of health, impacting both directly and indirectly on the individual, their families and communities.  Unemployment is associated with an increased risk of ill-health and premature death.  Evidence shows that a good working environment is good for health, and that a bad working environment (characterised by low level of job control and organisational fairness, and a high effort-reward imbalance) may contribute to poor health.  There is also evidence that healthier, active and engaged employees are more productive and have lower level of sickness absence. 

PHE’s profile for Trafford on Work and the Labour Market show that the employment rate in Trafford is higher than the England average, and the unemployment rate lower.  Rates of claimants for employment related benefits are also lower than England average.

However, certain groups within Trafford fare less well.  For instance, there is a 71 percentage point gap in the employment rate between those in contact with secondary mental health services and the overall employment rate; this is significantly wider than the average gap across England (67 percentage points).   The gap for people with a long term health condition is 26 percentage points, and for people with a learning disability 65 percentage points (2016/17 data).

Other resources

  • ONS NOMIS contains official Labour Market Statistics, and includes local authority and electoral ward level profiles.


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