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Key facts and figures about Swansea

Statistics relating to working in Swansea including population, qualifications and earnings.

Population

Swansea's population is 241,300 (2014), and is projected to grow to 270,000 by 2036. 

It currently has a working age population (age 16-64) of 153,500.

Population

Catchment population

Half a million people live within a 30 minute drive to Swansea and 1.5 million within an hour drive-time.

Catchment population

Commuting

Swansea has a daily net inflow of 12,400 commuters.

Commuting

Earnings

Swansea offers competitive wage rates - over 14% below the UK average.

Average annual full-time earnings for Swansea are £23,630 compared to the UK average of £27,645.

Earnings

Students

Swansea is home to over 24,000 students studying at Swansea University or University of Wales Trinity St David.

Qualifications

35% of residents are qualified to degree level or higher and 59% to A level (NVQ 3).

Qualifications

Employment

There are 107,000 people in employment in Swansea. Swansea's status as the regional retail, leisure, educational and administrative centre for South West Wales is reflected in the high proportion of employment in the service sectors (89%).

Employment

There are nearly 8,000 businesses in Swansea and a total of 26,875 businesses in the wider Swansea Bay area.

Number employed in priority sectors (2014)

Priority sectors

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