Working and Workless Households

Working and Workless Households, 2012: ONS

Between April to June 2012:

  • The percentage of households where no adults work was 17.9 per cent, down 0.8 percentage points from a year earlier.
  • The percentage of households where all adults work was 53.0 per cent, down 0.3 percentage points from a year earlier.
  • The number of households in which no adult has ever worked was 340,000, down 22,000 from a year earlier.
  • There were around 1.75 million children living in workless households, down 60,000 from a year earlier.

The readiness of school leavers

Businesses uncertain about the readiness of school leavers for work: FSB

Actually, I can’t remember a time when businesses thought that school leavers were ready for the world of work. But most of the employers that I’ve talked to have been impressed with the quality of the apprentices that they’ve taken on so I’m not sure where the unimpressed employers are recruiting from

  • Two thirds of FSB members said that improving basic literacy and numeracy skills would better prepare young people for work in a small business
  • 77 per cent of survey respondents that employ 16 to 17-year-olds found that school leavers’ general business awareness was poor

Further falls in business volumes and values

Service Sector Survey: CBI

  • Previous expectations for stronger activity failed to materialise
  • Consumer Services and Business and Professional Services reported further falls in business volumes and values in the three months to August, against expectations that growth would turn positive
  • Optimism among Business and Professional Services about the business situation was also lower in the three months to August  than it was three months ago
  • Over the next three months, business volumes are expected to continue falling and business values are expected to be broadly flat

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor United Kingdom 2011

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor United Kingdom 2011

  • Total early-stage entrepreneurial activity  (the sum of the nascent entrepreneurship rate and the new business owner-manager rate – without
    double counting) in the UK in 2011 was 7.6%
  • In the UK, 9.8% of working age adults expected to start a business within the next 3 years in 2011, compared with 15.8% in the US
  • When surveyed in mid-2011, 4.2% of the adult population in the UK were actively trying to start a business, compared with 8.3% in the US
  • When surveyed in 2011, 3.4% of the UK working age adult population were owner-managers of a business that was 3 – 42 months old
  • In 2011, the proportion of the adult population who owned and managed a business older than 42 months in the UK was 6.5%
  • Necessity-driven early-stage entrepreneurship in the UK rose significantly in 2011 from 0.7% to 1.3%
  • In 2011, UK levels of female early-stage entrepreneurship were 49% of male early-stage entrepreneurial activity


Unhealthy behaviours

Clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time: The Kings Fund

  • Close to half of the burden of illness in developed countries is associated with the four main unhealthy behaviours: smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, poor diet and low levels of physical activity. It is well known that each of these lifestyle risk factors is unequally distributed in the population and that these behaviours are differentially associated with income, educational achievement and social class.
  • The overall proportion of the English population that engages in three or four unhealthy behaviours has declined significantly, from around 33 per cent of the population in 2003, to 25 per cent in 2008.
  • These reductions have been seen mainly among those in higher socio-economic and educational groups: people with no qualifications were more than five times as likely as those with higher education to engage in all four poor behaviours in 2008, compared with only three times as likely in 2003.
  • The health of the overall population will improve as a result of the decline in these behaviours, but the poorest and those with least education will benefit least, leading to widening inequalities and avoidable pressure on the NHS.

NEET stats

NEET Statistics – Quarterly Brief – Q2 2012: August 2012 – Department for Education

  • The latest data show that the proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET increased by 0.5 percentage points, to 10.3% in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2011. This increase is not statistically significant.
  • The proportion of 16-18 year olds NET decreased by 0.4 percentage points between Quarter 2 2011 and Quarter 2 2012 (see section 1.e.). As such we can explain the increase in the proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET by a falling employment rate for young people not in education and training over that period – it fell from 49% to 46%, a decrease that is not statistically significant.
  • There is some evidence for an increasing seasonality in the NEET data matched by NET figures.
  • Data indicates that the northern regions have higher NEET rates, i.e. Yorkshire and Humberside, North West and North East, within England. In comparison, London and East Midlands have the lowest NEET rates.

Weakening total and export orders

Manufacturers report weakening in total and export orders: CBI – Industrial Trends Survey

  • Of  456 manufacturers, 15% reported that order books were above normal, while 36% stated that order levels were below normal. The balance of -21% represents the lowest return since the end of last year (December -23%).
  • Export orders have weakened with manufacturers reporting a balance of  -17%. While still above the long-run average of -21%, this is the lowest figure reported since January 2012 (-26%).
  • Output is expected to be flat over the next three months, following two previous surveys in which manufacturers expected output to increase (June +7%, July +11%).
  • Output prices are also expected to be flat over the coming quarter for the third-consecutive month, with a balance of +1%.
  • Stock levels are below average, with a balance of +9% saying stocks are at least adequate to meet demand, the lowest figure since June 2011 (+3%).