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The UK cities with the most night shift workers

The UK cities with the most night shift workers

UK Cities with the Most and Least Night Workers

Night shifts play a crucial role in keeping our cities running smoothly, but their prevalence varies significantly across the UK. To see which areas' economies are most reliant on night shift employees, BlueTrolley has analysed ONS data to reveal which cities have the highest and lowest percentage of nocturnal workers.

Cities with the Highest Percentage of Night Shift Workers

Bath stood out with the highest percentage of night workers, having an impressive 37.62% of the overall population working in a jobs that operates in the twilight hours. Similarly, Exeter and Manchester follow closely, with around 30% of their populations engaged in night work. These cities exemplify the significant role of night-time labour in their local economies.

Derby and Oxford also show high percentages of night workers, highlighting the essential services provided during the night in these areas. In both cities, over a quarter of the population works night shifts, indicating a strong dependence on round-the-clock operations.

Cambridge and Preston join the list with nearly 27% of their populations working at night. This is particularly notable given Cambridge's status as a hub for research and development, where night work supports continuous innovation.

Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, and Aberdeen also feature prominently, each with over 26% of their workforce engaged in night shifts.

Cities with the Lowest Percentage of Night Shift Workers

On the other end of the spectrum, London has the lowest percentage of night workers, with only 0.86% of its massive population working night shifts. Despite being the largest city in the UK, London’s diverse economy spreads employment across various sectors and times of the day, reducing the relative need for night work.

Dover and Rochdale also have a low percentage of night workers, with smaller cities tending to have economies that do not heavily rely on night shifts, reflecting a more traditional work schedule.

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Wigan, and Oldham, each with about 14% of their populations working night shifts, show that some cities maintain a balance between day and night-time operations, without a heavy tilt towards night work.

These statistics reveal a diverse landscape of night work across the UK, influenced by the unique economic and social dynamics of each city. Whether due to industrial needs, healthcare demands, or educational institutions, the prevalence of night workers varies widely, shaping the fabric of urban employment.

City

No. of night workers

Population

Percentage of night workers

Bath

38,000

101,000

37.62

Exeter

39,400

131,400

29.98

Manchester

172,500

576,500

29.92

Derby

75,700

260,700

29.04

Oxford

44,500

157,900

28.18

Cambridge

41,000

149,200

27.48

Preston

40,100

147,100

27.26

Newcastle

83,200

309,500

26.88

Nottingham

88,600

331,000

26.77

Aberdeen

60,800

229,060

26.54

Glasgow

163,300

635,640

25.69

Belfast

88,100

345,418

25.51

Liverpool

125,900

495,600

25.40

Carlisle

27,300

108,400

25.18

Lincoln

25,800

103,600

24.90

Bristol

116,300

467,100

24.90

Dundee

36,800

148,210

24.83

Edinburgh

129,100

527,620

24.47

Blackpool

33,100

139,720

23.69

Warrington

49,600

211,000

23.51

Cardiff

86,100

366,900

23.47

Milton Keynes

67,800

290,700

23.32

Peterborough

49,500

215,700

22.95

Stoke

59,200

258,000

22.95

Darlington

24,600

107,500

22.88

Winchester

29,100

127,300

22.86

Wrexham

30,300

136,300

22.23

Worcester

22,700

102,800

22.08

Scarborough

23,900

108,800

21.97

Hull

56,700

259,000

21.89

Wakefield

77,400

354,000

21.86

Newport

34,800

159,600

21.80

Portsmouth

46,700

214,800

21.74

Gloucester

28,700

132,500

21.66

Luton

49,800

230,000

21.65

Norwich

30,700

142,000

21.62

Cheltenham

25,600

118,800

21.55

Falkirk

34,100

160,340

21.27

Middlesbrough

29,600

140,300

21.10

Leicester

77,200

368,600

20.94

Blackburn

31,400

150,030

20.93

York

44,700

214,100

20.88

Leeds

169,500

812,000

20.87

Salford

56,500

270,700

20.87

Ipswich

29,000

139,300

20.82

Worthing

23,100

111,000

20.81

Reading

35,800

173,700

20.61

Slough

32,200

156,700

20.55

Brighton

59,700

290,885

20.52

Southampton

53,400

261,600

20.41

Warwick

30,900

152,000

20.33

Harrogate

32,500

160,500

20.25

Chesterfield

21,000

104,600

20.08

Doncaster

62,100

311,900

19.91

Bournemouth

79,100

397,600

19.89

Guildford

29,200

148,900

19.61

Birmingham

223,300

1,140,500

19.58

Lichfield

20,300

104,100

19.50

Maidstone

34,400

176,600

19.48

Plymouth

51,200

264,200

19.38

Stockport

56,800

294,200

19.31

Bedford

33,700

174,900

19.27

Wolverhampton

50,200

265,300

18.92

Sunderland

50,200

272,800

18.40

Woking

18,400

101,400

18.15

Wandsworth

59,000

327,500

18.02

Mansfield

19,500

108,900

17.91

Gateshead

36,200

202,400

17.89

Sheffield

103,800

581,000

17.87

Swindon

41,600

233,300

17.83

Coventry

65,100

371,500

17.52

Stockton-on-Tees

34,500

197,300

17.49

Colchester

33,800

194,500

17.38

Bolton

49,900

287,550

17.35

Canterbury

28,500

165,900

17.18

Isle of Wight

24,300

142,000

17.11

Barnsley

41,600

244,600

17.01

Eastleigh

23,400

138,400

16.91

Swansea

40,900

247,200

16.55

Southend-on-Sea

30,100

183,100

16.44

Lancaster

23,700

146,700

16.16

Walsall

45,200

286,700

15.77

Rotherham

41,500

264,700

15.68

Bradford

83,400

546,400

15.26

St. Helens

27,400

180,100

15.21

Bury

28,900

190,700

15.15

St Albans

22,400

148,500

15.08

Oldham

34,500

237,110

14.55

Wigan

47,500

329,300

14.42

Newcastle-under-Lyme

18,200

129,300

14.08

Rochdale

30,300

223,100

13.58

Dover

14,900

119,200

12.50

London

77,500

8,961,989

0.86

 

Methodology

To work out which cities have the highest percentage of night workers, we used ONS data from 2022 which specified how the number of night-time employees are in each area. We then compared this to the latest population data and calculated the percentage of night workers in each UK city. This percentage then determined the final rankings in the study.

 

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