Ofcom have released the latest stats of the number of UK amateur radio licence holders.
Monthly Amateur Licence Statistics - March 2015
Amateur Club Radio Licence - 1493 (1.79%)
Amateur Foundation Radio Licence - 20017 (24.04%)
Amateur Intermediate Radio Licence - 8495 (10.20%)
Amateur Full (Reciprocal) Radio Licence - 761 (0.91%)
Amateur Full Radio Licence - 52493 (63.05%)
Grand Total - 83259
America is also experiencing a grow in licence numbers.
At the end of 2014, the total number of radio amateurs in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) database reached an all-time high of 726,725
The trend has continued in the first 2 months of 2015, which saw the ham population rise to slightly more than 727,000.
Just under half of all US licensees hold the Technician class licence which can be considered equivalent to the UK Foundation license.
Amateur Radio Statistics web pages - http://www.ah0a.org/FCC/index.html
Full ARRL Story - http://www.arrl.org/news/us-amateur-radio-numbers-reach-an-all-time-high