Living and working well

Content and intelligence within this domain consider individual health and lifestyle such as physical activity, smoking, substance misuse, diet and obesity, and provide information on the health outcomes and assessments of the burden of ill-health in the local population and information on the use of services.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) identifies key issues affecting the health and wellbeing of our residents, both now and in the future.

Most people begin their working lives in good health. Staying physically and mentally healthy enough to work is crucial to your wellbeing.

We want to increase the number of Wirral residents in sustained, meaningful employment and the level of skills in the borough. Being out of work is generally bad for your health. Poor health can be a cause of losing employment and also a huge barrier to gaining employment.

We are concerned about the large number of people in Wirral who have a long term illness. This is reflected in several indicators and can be seen across the whole population. Improving mental health and wellbeing in all people of working age is important to a successful and thriving borough.​

This summary part of the JSNA highlights the key issues, outcomes and measures related to the working life of the population aged 16–64.

Supporting information
Data and Insight
Statistics on employment
  • Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) - Wider determinants of health profile - this profile features information on the wider or social determinants of health including data on employment and the labour market.

  • Nomis - Labour market statistics - the Office for National Statistics publishes labour market statistics through the Nomis website and the annual population survey contains data on unemployment and economic inactivity. There are also other datasets showing claimant counts of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit, and other Department for Work and Pensions benefits.

  • Nomis - Local authority profile - these profiles are available for Rochdale and include some of the data from the key datasets on population, employment, unemployment, qualifications, earnings, benefit claimants and businesses.

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Stat-Xplore - stat-Xplore provides a guided way to explore DWP benefit statistics, currently holding data relating to 16 different benefits and programmes.

Further background information