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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - East Midlands - February 2012

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Population with no qualifications, 2010

Percentage of population with no qualifications: by region, 2010
Source: Annual Population Survey (APS) - Business, Innovation and Skills, Office for National Statistics


  1. Males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59

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East Midlands has below average levels of qualifications and one of the lowest proportions of 16-year-olds remaining in education.

The proportion of the population qualified to level 4 or higher of the National Qualification Framework (NQF) in 2010 was 27.6 per cent, compared with the UK average of 31.6 per cent. The percentage with no qualifications was 11.8 per cent, similar to the northern regions but lower than West Midlands (14.0 per cent).

The proportion of 16-year-olds in post-compulsory education and government-supported training in 2009/10 was 88 per cent, the joint lowest (with Yorkshire and The Humber) of all English regions.

The median equivalised disposable weekly household income after housing costs in the East Midlands was £342, in the three-year period 2007/08 to 2009/10, below the UK average.

Life expectancies at birth for both male (78.4 years) and female (82.4 years) residents in the East Midlands in the three-year period 2008 to 2010 were similar to the UK (78.2 and 82.3 years respectively). Life expectancy at birth for males ranged from 75.2 years in Corby to 81.5 years in Rutland unitary authority (UA). For females the range was 80.1 years in Leicester UA to 84.6 years in Harborough.

The median house price in the East Midlands in 2009 was £135,000 compared with the England figure of £170,000. Ashfield local authority had the lowest median house price in the region at £102,000. South Nottinghamshire had the highest median house price in the region and one of the highest in the whole of the Midlands and North of England at £195,000.

The household crime rate of 2,650 per 10,000 households in 2010/11 was higher than the England average of 2,520. The estimated 880 crimes committed against the person per 10,000 adults was also above average.

In general, the East Midlands had police recorded crime rates similar to the English average. For example, 14 offences of violence against the person per 1,000 population in 2010/11 were recorded for the East Midlands and 15 for England. The regional average masks considerable sub-regional variation. For example, the rates of violence against the person in the counties and UAs ranged from 6.4 per 1,000 population in Rutland UA to 25.8 per 1,000 population in Leicester UA.

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Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Notes:

    This profile is based on the latest published data at the time of writing.

    Qualifications figures are for male residents aged 16 to 64 and female residents aged 16 to 59. Qualifications at level 4 of the National Qualification Framework refers to degree or equivalent. Please note that these estimates, at national or regional level in England, will not agree with those published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Post 16 Education and Skills Statistical First Release (see Table 12).

    Disposable household income is net of income tax, National Insurance, contributions to personal pension schemes, child maintenance and Council Tax and is adjusted for household size and composition (equivalised). The ‘after housing costs’ measure will partly take into account differences in the cost of living between regions as housing costs include rent, water rates, mortgage interest payment, building insurance premiums, ground rent and service charges. The data are a three year average.

    The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.

    Life expectancy figures are based on mortality among those living in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings of the areas with the highest and lowest life expectancies are based on unrounded data. The data are a three year average.

    The information on median house price is based on the prices paid for all dwellings (houses/flats) which changed ownership during 2009, excluding those bought at non-market prices.

    The British Crime Survey provides a measure of people’s experience of crime based on responses to a survey of households and does not cover all types of crime, for example fraud or forgery or crimes against commercial property. Recorded crime covers offences reported to and recorded by the police. Population for crime rates covers those aged 16 and over.

    Selected recorded crimes covers: theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle, vehicle interference and tampering, domestic burglary, theft of a pedal cycle, theft from a person, criminal damage, common assault, wounding and robbery (of personal property not business property). This set of crimes covers about 60 per cent of all recorded crimes.

  2. Sources:

    Qualifications data are derived from the ONS’s Annual Population Survey by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

    Post-compulsory education and government-supported training data are from the Department for Education.

    Household income data are from the Households Below Average Income series, Department for Work and Pensions.

    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.

    House prices data are from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime data are from the Home Office.

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 41, 2009 Edition - Portrait of the East Midlands (Pdf 1420Kb) - The Portrait of the East Midlands presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the region. It includes information for districts, unitary and local authorities which allows comparison between the various areas and the rest of the UK.

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