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Older Workers

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged (a) 50 to 55, (b) 56 to 60 and (c) 61 to 65 years (i) are in full-time work, (ii) work for more than 30 hours per week, but not full-time, (iii) work for between 20 and 30 hours per week, (iv) work for between 10 and 20 hours per week and (v) work for fewer than 10 hours per week. (203480)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about how many people aged (a) 50 to 55, (b) 56 to 60 and (c) 61 to 65 years (i) are in full time work, (ii) work for more than 30 hours per week, but not full time, (iii) work for between 20 and 30 hours per week, (iv) work for between 10 and 20 hours per week and (v) work for fewer than 10 hours per week. (203480)

The attached table gives estimates of the number of people in full-time and part-time employment for the categories requested for the three month period ending December 2007.

It should be noted that the estimates provided are weighted to population estimates consistent with those published in 2003. Reweighted analyses using the latest population estimates, published in summer 2007, will be available from 14 May 2008.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

People in full-time and part-time1 employment, by age group, three months ending December 2007, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand

In employment

Part-time1

Age group

Full-time1

Part-time1

Less than 10 hours per week2

10 to 19 hours per week2

20 to 30 hours per week2

More than 30 hours per week2

50 to 55

2,701

758

63

227

394

75

56 to 60

1,728

714

100

224

343

48

61 to 65

719

510

102

183

199

26

All aged 16 and over

20,850

7,103

1,029

2,506

3,112

456

1 Based on respondents’ self-classification of their main job as either full-time or part-time

2 The weekly hour figures shown relate to the total hours usually worked in an individuals main job. rounded to the nearest hour.

The estimates are grossed using population estimates consistent with those published in spring 2003

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey