Trade union membership in the United Kingdom (UK) 1995-2018, by sector

This statistic shows the number of trade union members in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1995 to 2018, broken down by sector. Over this time period, there were consistently more members of public sector unions than private sector ones. This difference was at its greatest in 2010, with a difference of 1.7 million in members. While public sector membership has experienced only slight fluctuations over this time period, private sector unions experienced a decrease. In 2018, membership in the private sector amounted to around 2.65 million people, compared with 3.69 million people in the public sector.

Number of trade union members in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1995 to 2018 (in 1,000s), by sector

Private sectorPublic sector
20182,6543,696
20172,7003,546
20162,6303,600
20152,6943,803
20142,6863,772
20132,6453,845
20122,5893,918
20112,5253,923
20102,4864,103
20092,6284,143
20082,8054,124
20072,9334,118
20062,9844,075
20053,0084,075
20043,0634,017
20033,2163,903
20023,1933,837
20013,2763,767
20003,3083,810
19993,3113,667
19983,3523,579
19973,2653,635
19963,2973,664
19953,3913,722
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Source

Release date

May 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

1995 to 2018

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