Workplace Zones Information

Central Statistics Office

This week the CSO has released a new geographical boundary for publishing demographic, socio-economic and commuting characteristics of workers. They are called ‘Workplace Zones’ and were created from amalgamating and/or splitting Small Areas by applying certain threshold constraints on the minimum and maximum number of workers and workplaces from Census 2016 data.

There were a number of reasons for their creation:

  • Census data released at Small Area level are based on where people reside not where they work;
  • Some Small Areas contain no/few businesses; some contain many businesses or large employer, e.g. business parks, industrial estates
  • Growing demands for data on workers and daytime statistics nationally and internationally
  • Potential uses in Emergency planning, Transport, optimum location for new businesses etc

The rules adopted for Workplace zone creation were as follows:

  • Where possible all zones to have a range of between 100 to 400 workers
  • Each workplace zone contains a minimum of three workplaces
  • Workplace zones nest within county boundaries
  • No more than 90% of employees in any one workplace zone can work in one organisation

A total of 7,219 Workzone places were created, of which 91% fall within the 100-400 worker range. There are 620 zones in excess of 400 workers with 120 having more than 1,000 people at work. The average number of workers per zone is 269

The workplace zone data can be accessed below:

Workplace Zone Glossary

Workplace Zone Dataset

Workplace Zone boundaries

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