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Older Workers

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged (a) 50 to 55, (b) 55 to 60, (c) 60 to 65, (d) 65 to 70 and (e) over 70 years were in work in each year since 1997. (154674)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 20 September 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about the number of people aged (a) 50 to 55, (b) 55 to 60, (c) 60 to 65, (d) 65 to 70 and (d) over 70 years were in work in each year since 1997. (154674)

The attached table gives the number of people aged (a) 50 to 54, (b) 55 to 59, (c) 60 to 64, (d) 65 to 69 and (d) over 70 years in employment for the three months ending June each year from 1997 to 2007. Comparable estimates are not available for 1998 and 2000. These estimates are not seasonally adjusted.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

People in employment by age bands—United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

Age

Three months ending June each year

All 16+ employed1

50-54

55-59

60-64

65-69

70+

1997

26,356

2,751

1,785

1,023

275

163

1999

26,876

2,995

1,946

1,017

304

158

2001

27,438

3,093

2,156

1,076

283

151

2002

27,617

2,986

2,358

1,086

314

164

2003

27,863

2,939

2,552

1,180

347

170

2004

28,024

2,902

2,603

1,243

366

183

2005

28,193

2,904

2,667

1,287

389

191

2006

28,339

2,934

2,688

1,384

425

198

2007

28,434

2,981

2,596

1,539

412

222

1 Includes other age bands.

Note:

Comparable data are not available for 1998 and 2000.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey