§ Miss Melanie Johnson
[holding answer 2 March 2000]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Frank Field, dated 6 March 2000:The Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been asked to reply to your parliamentary question about the number of households headed by a full-time worker. I am replying in Dr Holt's absence.In August 1998 the ONS introduced Labour Force Survey (LFS) databases especially designed for analyses of labour market data on households. Estimates form the LFS using these databases giving the number of households headed by a full-time employee or self-employed person with children and without children are given in the attached table. However, the household datasets are only available for 1990 and from 1992 onwards.The analyses have been restricted to working-age households, which are defined as households including at least one person of working age, i.e. a man aged 16 to 64 and a woman aged 16 to 59.
Working-age 1 households 2 with a head of household in full-time
work3, by whether with dependent children 4 or not
UK, spring quarters, 1990, and 1992 to 1999, not seasonally
000s Spring Total With dependent children 5 Without dependent children6 1990 12,088 5,458 6,630 1992 11,804 5,140 6,664 1993 11,728 5,110 6,618 1994 11,855 5,108 6,747 1995 12,057 5,195 6,862 1996 11,817 5,143 6,674 1997 11,858 5,211 6,647 1998 12,058 5,247 6,811 1999 12,122 5,300 6,822 1 Working age households are defined as those having at least one person of working age, i.e. men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59. 2 Figures have not been adjusted to take account of heads of households with unknown economic activity. 3 Employees and self-employed only. 4 Dependent children are those aged 0 to 15, or those aged 16 to 18 and in full-time education. 5 Totals include households with dependent and non-dependent children. 6 Totals include households with non-dependent children.
Labour Force Survey Household Datasets, ONS