Published: August 2019
Author(s): Rhys Davies

This Research Note presents new estimates of trade union membership derived for detailed geographical areas across Great Britain. Analysis reveals the wide variations in union density that exist both across the country and within particular regions.  Over the period 2000-2017, union density is shown to vary between 9% in Kensington and Chelsea to 54% in Copeland, Cumbria.   Such high levels of union membership reflect both the industrial heritage of particular areas and the persistence of employment within unionised sectors.

Use of this data requires citation – please see research note for details.  Data from the statistical annexes of the research note are also included in the accompanying excel file

For more information about WISERD’s research on union membership and worker representation, please visit www.wiserd.ac.uk/unions.