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West London booming as place to work

Since 2005, west London has become an increasingly popular workplace, growing at triple the speed of the rest of the UK

(Image: Chris Berry)

West London is booming as a place to work, with 1.32m people working there in 2015, compared to 1.14m 10 years ago.

Workers have increased by 15.4%, which is nearly three times faster than the national average.

These figures are taken from an annual population survey conducted by the Office of National Statistics.

Westminster has the biggest rise in workers out of the eight west London and central west London boroughs, with 23% more than in 2005.

However, in Ealing and Harrow the number of workers has fallen, particularly in Harrow where there has been a drop of 7.4% in the past 10 years.

There has also been a far slower rise of young people working in west London, with only 102,200 people aged 20-24 working there between June 2014 and 2015.

In 10 years, the number has risen by only 2.2%, although there are 46.6% more workers in Hammersmith & Fulham .

This table shows the growing numbers of workers across west London, in order of percentage increase:

Local Authority Number of workers (all ages) Percentage increase since 2005 Workers aged 20-24 Percentage increase since 2005
Westminster 512,200 23.4% 45,300 10.5%
Hounslow 144,600 23.2% 10,700 24.4%
Hillingdon 185,200 18.1% 11,600 -4.9%
Kensington & Chelsea 105,400 12.8% 5,800 -19.4%
Hammersmith & Fulham 93,000 11.8% 10,700 46.6%
Brent 111,900 10.5% 8,900 12.7%
Ealing 105,300 -1.0% 5,000 -50.0%
Harrow 62,600 -7.4% 4,100 -28.1%

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