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The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.

Comprehensive Performance Report for Wales


The comprehensive performance report for the councils in the region of Wales offers a detailed analysis of the business and employment landscape based on aggregated data for the year 2022. This report aims to critically evaluate the performance across various metrics including employment, industry growth, and innovation, highlighting the councils that exhibit notable achievements as well as those facing challenges. The insights derived are intended to guide strategic decisions and foster economic development within the region.

Population and Employment Table

Council Number of Employees Population Employees per 1000 Residents
Cardiff 167393 362400 462
Swansea 55582 238500 233
Rhondda Cynon Taf 46865 237700 197
Caerphilly 33786 175900 192
Flintshire 95979 155000 619
Wrexham 41077 135100 304
Neath Port Talbot 23517 142300 165
Bridgend 29267 145500 201
Carmarthenshire 35858 187900 191
Newport 46750 159600 293
Powys 25719 133200 193
Monmouthshire 20256 93000 218
Pembrokeshire 21985 123400 178
Denbighshire 23325 95800 243
Conwy 21006 114800 183
Vale of Glamorgan 21452 131800 163
Torfaen 17336 92300 188
Gwynedd 18768 117400 160
Isle of Anglesey 14637 68900 212
Ceredigion 10380 71500 145
Merthyr Tydfil 7180 58800 122
Blaenau Gwent 8909 66900 133

Key Findings

In the evaluation of employment and industry sectors, Cardiff stands out with the highest number of employees per 1,000 residents, demonstrating a robust economic environment. Conversely, Merthyr Tydfil exhibits the lowest ratio, suggesting potential areas for economic development and employment support.

Across the region, the ‘Construction’ and ‘Wholesale and retail trade / repair of motor vehicles’ sectors dominate the industry landscape, with significant representations in councils like Caerphilly and Flintshire. Notably, Rhondda Cynon Taf is distinguished by its high number of employees in companies that have raised funds, particularly in the ‘Healthcare products’ sector, indicating a thriving innovation ecosystem.

Despite no new IPOs recorded in the region for 2022, the data reveals a dynamic fundraising activity, with Cardiff leading in the number of companies attending accelerator programmes.

On the innovation front, Wrexham and Flintshire are noteworthy for their high numbers of patent owners, aligning with a strong manufacturing and engineering sector. This innovation drive is contrasted by the challenges faced in councils like Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent, where business closures are more prevalent.

Conclusion and Recommendations

This report underscores the diverse economic landscapes across the Welsh councils. While some areas show robust employment and innovative activities, others highlight the need for targeted economic support and development programs. Recommended actions include fostering sector-specific hubs in high-performing areas and introducing more robust support for innovation in councils with lower economic activity.

Future strategies should also consider enhancing educational programs linked to the dominant sectors within councils to ensure a steady pipeline of skilled labour, crucial for sustaining growth and innovation.

The insights provided here should serve as a foundation for policy makers, business leaders, and stakeholders in their efforts to tailor economic policies and initiatives to the unique needs and opportunities within each council.

The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.