Northern Ireland

Not in education, employment or training

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: Compared to Great Britain

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Graph 3: By gender

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Graph 4: By deprivation of area

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (sometimes referred to as NEETs).  Note the numbers move around considerably from year to year because of the small sample sizes.

The second graph shows how proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training in Northern Ireland compares with the regions of Great Britain.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

The data source for the first two graphs is the Labour Force Survey (LFS).  Note that the figures are not precisely the same as those in official government publications because government publications are typically based on analysis of the fourth quarter data for each year only.

The third graph shows, for the latest year, the destinations of school leavers, with the data shown separately for boys and girls.

The fourth graph shows how the proportion of school leavers who go onto Further or Higher Education varies by level of deprivation and religion.  In terms of deprivation, all the wards in Northern Ireland are divided into quintiles (fifths) using the 2010 Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure.  In terms of religion, each ward is characterised as 'catholic', 'protestant' or 'mixed' using data from the 2001 Census: a ward is characterised as 'catholic' if more than 70% of its population consider themselves to be catholic, 'protestant' if more than 70% of its population consider themselves to be protestant, and 'mixed' if neither of the above is true.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest years.

The data source for the third and fourth graphs is the Northern Ireland School Leavers Survey, with the data in the third graph being obtained via the publication entitled Qualifications and destinations of Northern Ireland school leavers whilst that in the fourth graph being obtained via the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: limited.  The LFS is a large, well-established, quarterly government survey designed to be representative of the population as a whole but nevertheless the sample sizes for this age group are small.  Furthermore, the number of NEETs is estimated by deducting those in education, employment or training from the total population and LFS may not always capture all types of education or training that a person is engaged with.

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