About the data
In Devon professional occupations make up 18% of the labour force and are the largest employment group, although this is below the UK average of 20%. The volumes of those in elementary occupations are 1% greater in Devon compared to the national average at 10.6%. Between districts there are further differences with 46% of jobs in Exeter professional or associate professional compared to 18% in Torridge. Elementary occupations are high in North Devon and West Devon at 16% and 18% respectively where they only make up 8% and 9% in South Hams and Teignbridge.
Devon has higher proportions of people working in low wage/productivity roles such as caring and leisure occupations and conversely a lower proportion of people employed in professional occupations. This contributes to the productivity gap that Devon faces.