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Older Workers

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of working people aged 50 years and over have a limiting long-standing illness and level 2 qualification, (b) a limiting long-standing illness and no level 2 qualification, (c) no limiting long-standing illness but have a level 2 qualification and (d) no limiting long-standing illness and no level 2 qualification. (208278)

[holding answer 4 June 2008]: I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 June 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of working people aged 50 years and over have (a) a limiting long-standing illness and level 2 qualification (b) a limiting long-standing illness and no level 2 qualification (c) no limiting long-standing illness but have a level 2 qualification and (d) no limiting long-standing illness and no level 2 qualification. (208278)

Statistics on people with health problems or disabilities, by labour market status and level of qualification attained, are available from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). All working age people are asked whether they have any health problems or disabilities that they expect to last for more than a year and if either their day-to-day activities or employment are consequently affected.

The attached table gives estimates of the number and proportion of employed people aged 50 and over for the categories requested. The data provided covers the three month period ending March 2008.

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

People in employment aged 50 and over1 by disability status and education level, three months ending March 2008, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Thousand, except where indicated

Below level 2 qualification2,3

Level 2 qualification and above2

Total

Number of people with:

Long-term health problem/disability4

537

892

1,429

No long-term health problem/disability

1,761

3,401

5,162

Total

2,297

4,293

6,591

As a percentage of all people in employment aged 50 and over:

Long-term health problem/disability4

8

14

22

No long-term health problem/disability

27

52

78

Total

35

65

100

1 Men aged 50 to 64 and women aged 50 to 59

2 People are counted as being qualified to level 2 if they have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C, an intermediate GNVQ, two or three AS levels, an NVQ level 2 or equivalent vocational qualification or a trade apprenticeship

3 Includes people with no qualifications.

4 Includes people with a long-term health problem or disability which either substantially limits their day-to-day activities or affects the kind or amount of work they could do, or both.

Source:

Labour Force Survey (LFS)