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Water and waste sectors’ workforces expand

The number of workers in the water and waste sectors has grown by almost 5% in the first three months of the year, Office for National Statistics’ figures indicate.

Some 203,000 people were employed in the sectors in March 2013, the latest available data, according to recently published ONS labour market statistics.

This represents a 1.3% increase over the last three months of 2012, and a 4.8% gain year-on-year.

The rates are higher than the increase in the number of workers in all sectors in the same period. Employment in the three months to March rose 0.7% quarter-on-quarter and 0.5% year-on-year to reach some 32 million.

The figures also indicate an overall growing trend in the number of people employed in the water and waste industries in the past two years (see graph above), from 190,000 in March 2011 to 203,000 in March 2013.

The amount of vacancies in the sectors were stable, standing at around 2,000 in the past two years.

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