Northern Ireland

Working-age adults without qualifications

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By age and gender

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Graph 3: Compared to Great Britain

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Definitions and data sources

This indicator looks at working-age adults who lack any qualifications.  The main interest in this indicator lies in the differences by both age and gender in the numbers lacking any qualifications.

The first graph shows the proportion of adults aged 20 to retirement without any educational qualifications.  For comparison purposes, the equivalent proportion for those aged 20 to 39 is also shown.

The second graph shows how the proportion of adults without any formal educational qualifications various by gender and age.

The third graph shows how the proportion of adults aged 20 to retirement without any educational qualifications in Northern Ireland compares with the regions of Great Britain.

The data source for all the graphs is the Labour Force Survey (LFS).  The figures for each year are the average for the four quarters of the relevant year.  To improve their statistical reliability, the data in the second and third graphs is the average for the latest three years.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The LFS is a well-established, quarterly survey designed to be representative of the population as whole.

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