The London Intelligence – Issue 2


Registrations for new national insurance numbers fell by 13 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, as compared to the same period last year. This was caused exclusively by a fall in workers coming from other EU countries, which was at its lowest level since 2014. The biggest single EU contributors were Romania, Poland and Italy.

National Insurance Number Registrations

National insurance number registrations, which indicate the number of foreign nationals coming to London to take up work, continued to fall in the second quarter of 2017, with a sharp fall among EU nationals of 17.5 per cent. Non-EU registrations were roughly in line with the same period last year. The overall level of registrations was 60,000, the lowest level since early 2014, when restrictions on free movement by citizens of Bulgaria and Romania were lifted (though non-EU registrations also increased at the same time).

Source: Department of Work and Pensions

The majority of EU registrations continued to come from the EU15 countries – the western European countries that were EU members before 2004 – while the Eastern European countries showed the sharpest slowdown.