This indicator was deleted following indicator changes from the United Nations 2020 Comprehensive Review.

Number of people employed in tourism industries


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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Number of people

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Number of people employed in tourism industries

Indicator description

Number of people employed in tourism related industries

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Number of people


BRES - Business Register and Employment Survey; SIC - Standard Industrial Classification; Part time - those working 30 hours or less per week; Full time - those working more than 30 hours per week. The public sector comprises central government, local government and public corporations. The private sector comprises companies, sole proprietors, partnerships and non-profit bodies. An employee is defined as anyone aged 16 years or over that is paid directly from the payroll, in return for carrying out a full-time or part-time job or being on a training scheme. Employment includes employees plus the number of working owners who receive drawings or a share of the profits. Full-time is defined as working more than 30 hours per week with part-time defined as working 30 hours or less per week. Working Proprietors are sole traders, sole proprietors, partners and directors. This does not apply to registered charities. Employment = employees + working proprietors.

Available disaggregations

Total number of people employed in tourism related industries

Other information

This, or part of this, indicator is awaiting the development of internationally established methodology and standards (classified by the UN as tier 3). This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of jobs in sustainable tourism industries out of total tourism jobs

Target name

By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier III

UN custodian agency

World Health Organisation (WHO)

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Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) opens in a new window
Release date 02 October 2017
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

Annual employee and employment estimates for GB and UK split by 2, 3 and 5 digit (SIC2007). Results given by full-time/part-time and public/private splits.