Census Data Highlights Scilly’s Work Patterns

hugh town bordeaux shop 3Data from the 2011 census, released by the Office for National Statistics, show that Scilly has the highest percentage of people in England and Wales employed in the accommodation and food industries.

With just under 24% of our 16 to 74 year olds working in hospitality, this puts Scilly way out in front of nearest rivals West Somerset, with 15% and Blackpool with 12%.

The data also show that the islands have a high number of people working in transport, ranking 7th overall in the country, as well as agriculture, forestry and fishing, coming in at 9th.

The large number of rental properties in Scilly probably explains the 28 people here who list real estate as their business and it should come as no surprise that around 20% of people are employed in administration or teaching.

But more surprising is the fact that five people on the islands say they work in mining and quarrying.

The census data is made up from a total of 1,311 people of working age in Scilly.