publication represents the amalgamation of two
separate regional publications:
The Regional Competitiveness Indicators and the Regional Development
Agency (RDA) ‘State
of the Region’ Core Indicators.
the same time as combining the Regional
Competitiveness Indicators and the ‘State
of the Region’ Core Indicators we have
introduced a number of revisions and changes.
(SQW Ltd and Oxford Economic Forecasting)
recommendations for RDA Evaluation and
Performance Monitoring Frameworks were that 11
indicators should be core for RDAs.
Those now incorporated in the combined
indicator set (with their table numbers) are:
Value Added (on a workplace basis) per
head of population
GVA per head
formations per 10,000 adults
rate (ILO definition)
of adults with NVQ level 4
of adults with no qualifications
of residents within families dependent
on Income Support benefits
of derelict land
for inclusion but not incorporated in this set
– volume of non-recycled waste
Wildlife – population of birds
both these indicators the available
information is included in the Department of
the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Quality of Life Counts at http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/indicators/regional/
which previously appeared in the State
of the Region Core Indicators, but which
will not now appear in the combined set
(either because they were not recommended by
SQW for inclusion, or were not already part of
Competitiveness Indicators) are:
of the population with above average living
Percentage of dwellings built on previously
Percentage of Employers with Current Hard to
Percentage of Employees undertaking
work-related training in the last 13 weeks
Percentage of Medium/Large Organisations
recognised as Investors in People (see below)
Following a consultation exercise carried out
during winter 2001/2002 we have introduced a
number of small changes to the Regional
Competitiveness Indicators themselves.
The most significant change is dropping
figures for Investors in People (IIP), which
were reported to be among those least used.
Statistics on regional recognitions for
IIP can be found at http://www.iipuk.co.uk/IIP/Internet/ResearchandDevelopment/StatisticsontheStandard
Competitiveness Indicators have always
been associated with the DTI’s Business
Competitiveness Indicators, available via
the DTI’s regional statistics website.
Up until now these have formed a subset
of the Regional
Competitiveness Indicators, giving
statistics at sub-regional level, down to
Learning and Skills Council Areas, NUTS3, or
Local Authority/Unitary Authority level,
depending on the availability of data.
of the Region Core Indicators, too, have
always been available to sub-regional level
where suitable data exists.
Competitiveness Indicators will continue
to provide data to sub-regional levels.
copy of the report on the consultation on the
Regional Competitiveness Indicators is
available from Philip White, at the address
given on the first page of this report.
Further comments on the content and
layout of the Regional Competitiveness
Indicators are welcome and should similarly be
sent to Philip.
aim of the Regional
Competitiveness Indicators was to present
statistical information that illustrated the
factors that contributed to regional
competitiveness. They were not intended to measure the performance of the
Government Offices or the devolved
administrations, but were designed to assist
those responsible for developing regional
‘State of the Region’ Core Indicators
(as developed by SQW) were originally designed
to measure progress towards sustainable
economic development, skills and social
regeneration and to provide monitoring and
evaluation guidance for the RDAs.
are 16 indicators in this publication.
They are intended to give a balanced
picture of all the statistical information
relevant to regional competitiveness and the
state of the regions.
DTI also publishes UK
Competitiveness Indicators (see http://www.dti.gov.uk/opportunityforall/indicators2/index.htm),
which present a set of indicators designed to
measure the UK’s progress in the knowledge
data are available on a consistent basis they
are presented for Government Office Regions
and for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For ease of expression, the term ‘region’ is sometimes
used in the text to refer both to Government
Office Regions and to the devolved
of the indicators is described in turn,
including explanations as to how it is
compiled and what it measures.
The tables relating to each indicator
can be found at the back of the publication.
Technical and methodological issues associated
with the indicators are described in the Definitions
| index |
Home - Search - Site Map - Contact Us