Economic data

Claimants of out-of-work benefits

As of April 2018 there were 740 claimants of out-of-work benefits in the Chichester District: 445 were men & 300 were women.

This equates to 1.1% of the resident population aged 16-64, which is lower than the South East (1.4%) and Great Britain (2.2%). These figures do not include claimants of Universal Credit.

As of April 2018 there were 306 Universal Credit claimants, 186 of these were men and 122 women.

(Source: Nomis - Labour Market Statistics and Department for Work and Pensions, June 2018)

Mean average salary

According to the provisional figures for Chichester District in 2017 the mean average salary by place of residence is £27,926 and £22,624 by place of work. Please see the documents for further information.

In 2011, 28.5% of lone parent families in the district were on a low income. Since then there has been a decrease of 17.2% in this number, but since 2014 it has risen again by 1.9%.

(Source: Office for National Statistics - Annual Survey for Hours and Earnings and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, 2017)

Ofsted ratings and school performance

Please view the map of the latest Ofsted inspections from across the county using West Sussex County Council's 'storymap' tool. You can also explore school performance tables using the Department for Education data.

Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015

There are 32,482 Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) in England. LSOAs are defined as small geographic areas which have a population of around 1,500. Chichester District is home to 71 of these areas.

Each LSOA is measured according to 7 topic areas. Each topic area, sometimes called a domain, contains a number of indicators, which are combined into an overall Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) score. The 7 topic areas are as follows:

  1. Income
  2. Employment
  3. Health Deprivation and Disability
  4. Education, Skills and Training
  5. Barriers to Housing and Services
  6. Crime
  7. Living Environment

LSOAs in West Sussex are ranked 1-326, with 1 being the most deprived and 326 the least. Chichester District has become relatively less deprived since its 2010 ranking. This is in line with the rest of the local authorities in West Sussex, except Horsham which has moved higher up the ranking. Chichester District has become less deprived by 20 places - moving from a ranking of 222 in 2010 to 242 in 2015.

The top ten overall most deprived LSOAs in Chichester District according to IMD 2015 are:

  1. Chichester South E01031492
  2. Chichester East E01031482
  3. Chichester East E01031483
  4. Chichester West E01031494
  5. Selsey North E01031522
  6. Petworth E01031515
  7. Midhurst E01031512
  8. Plaistow E01031519
  9. East Wittering E01031501
  10. Sidlesham E01031530

For further information, please see the documents produced by the Research Unit in West Sussex Public Health. These relate to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2010. The reports contain an initial analysis of the indices. Further work will be undertaken once background data is released by Department of Communities and Local Government.