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Older Workers

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 502W, on the 65 plus work force, what percentage of the overall population the given figures represent. (257294)

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 February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 502W, asking what percentage of the overall population the given figures on the workforce aged 65 and over represent. (257294).

According to the Office for National Statistics labour force projections published in January 2006, the workforce aged 65 and over as a percentage of the population aged 16 and over will be 1.4 per cent in 2012, 1.5 per cent in 2015 and 1.5 per cent in 2020.

Further information on the methodology behind these labour force projections is available from the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/article.asp?ID=1346&Pos-=l&ColRank=l&Rank=22