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Students (Non-Academic Work)

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the frequency distribution of non-academic term-time work carried out by students enrolled on full-time courses. [120592]

The Department does not have up-to-date and reliable information on the frequency distribution of paid term-time work undertaken by full-time students and does not have any information on the proportion of work that is non-academic. However, findings from the 1998/99 Student Income and Expenditure Survey (SIES) show that more than 50 per cent. of full-time students do not undertake paid term-time employment and of those that do work, over half work 10 hours or less a week only.