HC Deb 09 June 1998 vol 313 cc498-9W
Yvette Cooper

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what are the percentages of those in each occupational classification whose highest educational attainment is(a) post-graduate, (b) higher education (excluding post-graduate), (c) further education and (d) GSCE; [44289]

(2) what were the rates of unemployment according to educational attainment at the most recent available date. [44290]

Mrs. Liddell

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Tim Holt to Yvette Cooper, dated 9 June 1998: As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary questions about occupation by highest qualification and unemployment rates by highest qualification. The information requested, using estimates from the Labour Force Survey, is shown in the attached tables.

ILO Unemployment rate of working age1 people by highest qualification United Kingdom, winter 1997/98, not seasonally adjusted
Highest qualification ILO unemployment rate per cent.
Post-graduate 2.8
Higher education 3.3
Further education 4.9
GCSE grades A-C or equivalent 6.8
Below GCSE grades A-C 8.1
Other—level unknown 4.7
No qualifications 12
All2 6.4
1 Working age is men aged 16–64 and women aged 16–59
2 Unemployment rate for all those of working age includes those who did not state their highest qualification


Labour Force Survey; ONS

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