Working well Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Working population JSNA

For the purpose of the JSNA, we define the working-age population as people aged between 16–64 years old. In the borough of Rochdale, there are 138,079 people in this age range according to the Office for National Statistics' mid-year population estimates for 2021.

How does population size impact health?

The size and age of the borough population have a huge influence on the needs and demands for healthcare and related services. Although services will be used by people of all ages there are certain age groups that require higher levels of health care involvement (Goodyear, 2008). These include neonatal and infant children who may require immunisations and treatment for infectious diseases.

Age, gender, future population growth, ethnic group and cultural background as well as social factors such as poverty and deprivation will all contribute to the current and future health needs of the residents in Rochdale borough. This section looks at demographic information available for the working-age (16–64 years old) population in the borough, including age, future growth, ethnicity and deprivation.

Statistics on the working population group

  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) - Population and migration estimates - each June the ONS releases annual population estimates grouped by age and sex for local authority areas, with statistics for smaller areas following a few months later. This dataset includes births, deaths and migration estimates. It also produces population projections every 2 years that make predictions for the next 25 years.
  • Office for National Statistics - 2021 Census statistics - ONS population estimates and projections can also be downloaded using the Nomis query data function. This site can also be used to create basic demographic profiles of the borough or wards based on 2021 Census data.