Updated UK indicators

  • In receipt of tax credits:
    • first graph (over time): the introduction of Working and Child Tax Credits means that the number of working households who are in receipt of tax credits has trebled over the last decade.
    • second graph (by region): the proportion of working-age households who are in receipt of tax credits in London and the South East is less than elsewhere in the UK.
  • Educational attainment at age 11:
    • second graph (by free school meal eligibility and gender): 11-year-old pupils eligible for free school meals are around twice as likely not to achieve basic standards in literacy and numeracy as other 11-year-old pupils.
    • third graph (by free school meal eligibility and ethnic group): differences in achievement between 11-year old pupils by eligibility for school meals are greatest (by far) amongst White British pupils.
  • Young adult unemployment:
    • first and second graphs (over time): at 19%, the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds has been rising since 2004.  It is more than three times the rate for older workers.
    • third graph (by gender): the unemployment rate is higher for young men than for young women.
    • fourth graph (by region): the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds is highest in London.
  • Wanting paid work:
    • first and second graphs (over time): the number of people who lack, but want, paid work has been rising since 2005, not just during the current recession.
    • third graph (by region): the proportion of the working-age population lacking who lack, but want, paid work is highest in London and the North East.
    • fourth graph (by age and sex): for women of all ages, and for older men, those who are economically inactive but wanting paid work substantially outnumber the officially unemployed.
    • fifth graph (by reason): around half of those who lack, but want, paid work are not officially unemployed.
  • Work and disability:
    • first graph (over time): 40% of those with a work-limiting disability are working.  A further 25% lack, but want, paid work.
    • second graph (compared to other groups – over time): whilst the proportion of lone parents who are not in paid work has fallen a lot, the proportion of disabled people who are not in paid work has only fallen slightly.
    • third graph (compared to other groups – by gender): disability affects work status much more than gender or even lone parenthood.
    • fourth graph (shares): among those who are aged 25 to retirement and are not working, almost half are disabled.
    • fifth graph (by qualification): at every level of qualification, the proportion of people with a work-limiting disability who lack, but want, paid work is much greater than for those without a disability.
    • sixth graph (by region): the proportion of people who both have a work-limiting disability and lack, but want, paid work is noticeably higher in the North East than elsewhere.
  • Insecure at work:
    • first and second graphs (job insecurity over time): half of the men, and a third of the women, making a new claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance were last claiming less than six months previously.