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Unemployed: Qualifications

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of 18 to 24 year olds in England are unemployed under International Labour Organisation definitions but not in full-time education have (a) no qualification, (b) below Level 2 qualifications, (c) Level 2 as their highest qualification, (d) Level 3 as their highest qualification and (e) Level 4+ as their highest qualification. (310550)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of 18 to 24 year olds in England are unemployed under International Labour Organisation definitions but not in full-time education have (a) no qualification, (b) below Level 2 qualifications, (c) Level 2 as their highest qualification, (d) Level 3 as their highest qualification and (e) Level 4+ as their highest qualification. 310550.

The table attached provides the information requested.

Estimates of unemployment are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). In accordance with the International Labour Organization (ILO) convention, people are classed as unemployed if they are: without a job, want a job, and have actively sought work in the last four weeks; or, out of work, have found a job and are waiting to start it in the next two weeks.

The estimates in the table are derived from the LFS microdata which are weighted using the official population estimates published in autumn 2007. Consequently they are not entirely consistent with the figures published in the monthly Labour Market Statistical Bulletin, which are weighted using more up-to-date population estimates.

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

Unemployment of 18 to 24 year olds in England by highest qualification held: Three month periods ending September 2009: England, not seasonally adjusted

Thousands and per cent.

National qualification framework (NQF)

Total economically active

Unemployed and not in full-time education

Rate1

No qualifications

120

****40

33

Below NQF Level 2

522

***121

23

NQF Level 2

761

***119

16

NQF Level 3

1,044

***88

8

NQF Level 4 and above

780

***124

16

Trade apprenticeships or other qualification

262

****43

16

Total2

3,568

**551

15

1 The number of 18 to 24-year-olds in England who are unemployed and not in full-time education divided by the economically active population of 18 to 24-year-olds in England, in accordance with ILO definition.

2 Includes those that did not state their highest qualification.

Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates, as described below:

Guide to Quality:

The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent. we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220.

Key Coefficient of Variation (CV)(%) Statistical Robustness

* 0 ≤ CV< 5 Estimates are considered precise

** 5 ≤ CV < 10 Estimates are considered reasonably precise

*** 10 ≤ CV < 20 Estimates are considered acceptable

**** CV ≥ 20 Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes

It should be noted that the above estimates exclude people in most types of communal establishment (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites etc.)

Source:

Labour Force Survey