Skip to main content

Young People: Unemployment

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 16-year-olds, (b) 17-year-olds and (c) 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (i) are from (A) each social class and (B) each ethnic group and (ii) have a disability. (135320)

The following tables give estimates of the proportion of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (i) from (A) each social class (NS-SEC) and (B) each ethnic group and; (ii) who have a disability. These are survey based estimates and have been obtained from the youth cohort study—they relate to the same cohort of young people at each age. NS-SEC is derived from parental occupation.

Table 1: Proportion of 16, 17 and 18-year—olds not in education, employment or training from each social class (NS-SEC)

Percentage

Population at age 16

NEET age 16 in 2004

NEET age 17 in 2005

NEET age 18 in 2006

Large employers and higher professionals

18

7

7

15

Lower professional and higher technical occupations

26

16

18

22

Intermediate occupations

22

18

21

21

Lower supervisory occupations

9

10

12

9

Semi routine and routine occupations

13

23

21

16

Other

12

26

21

17

Table 2: Proportion of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training from each ethnic group

Percentage

Population at age 16

NEET age 16 in 2004

NEET age 17 in 2005

NEET age 18 in 2006

White

86

87

87

88

Black

3

2

1

2

Indian

2

1

1

1

Pakistani/Bangladeshi

3

5

5

4

Other Asian (including Chinese)

1

1

1

1

Other ethnic group (including mixed)

3

3

2

3

Not answered

2

2

3

1

Table 3: Proportion of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training with a disability

Percentage

Population at age 16

NEET age 16 in 2004

NEET age 17 in 2005

NEET age 18 in 2006

Yes

4

8

7

7

No

94

89

89

93

Not answered

2

3

4

1

1 Less than 0.5.per cent.