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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for local authorities in the United Kingdom - Part 2

Released: 04 December 2013
  • According to censuses carried out in the UK in 2011, more than a quarter (27 per cent, 13.9 million) of the UK population aged 16 and over had achieved a Level 4 or above qualification such as a degree or other higher qualification or equivalent.

  • In 2011, 23 per cent (11.9 million) of usual residents aged 16 and over in the UK had no qualifications.

  • Residents of England were most likely to have a Level 4 or above qualification (27 per cent, 11.8 million) while residents of Northern Ireland were most likely to have no qualifications (29 per cent, 417,000).

  • In 2011, more than two thirds (70 per cent, 32.3 million) of the usually resident population of the UK aged 16 to 74 were economically active at the time of the census, and 30 per cent (14.1 million) were economically inactive.

  • In 2011, economically active females were four times as likely to be working part-time (33 per cent, 5.0 million) as economically active males (8 per cent, 1.4 million).

  • ‘Wholesale and retail trade’ was the largest industry sector in 2011, accounting for 16 per cent (4.7 million) of usual residents aged 16 to 74 in employment.

  • The largest occupation group in the UK in 2011 for usual residents aged 16 to 74 was ‘Professional occupations’ (17 per cent, 5.2 million).

This release provides additional Key and Quick Statistics from the 2011 Censuses of the United Kingdom which describe the size and characteristics of the population of the UK.  It builds on the previous release of Key and Quick Statistics for the UK published on 11 October 2013.

The release combines information already published by each constituent country of the UK and these statistics are available for all local authority areas (or equivalent) in the UK. The release consists of a statistical bulletin which provides commentary on the following topics:

  • Qualifications

  • Labour Market

The statistical bulletin is supported by a set of 22 reference tables (14 Key Statistics and 8 Quick Statistics tables), each of which provides information about a single census topic or question such as highest level of qualification or hours worked.

Further key results for the UK on the remaining topics, including households and families, will be available when all constituent country data become available.

ONS is responsible for carrying out the census in England and Wales. Simultaneous but separate censuses took place in Scotland and Northern Ireland. These were run by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). ONS is responsible for the publication of UK statistics by compiling comparable statistics from the UK statistical agencies above).  For Scotland-specific enquiries contact NRS.  For Northern Ireland-specific enquiries contact NISRA.

Further information on the methodology and quality assurance processes used to produce 2011 Census estimates is available from the ONS, NRS and NISRA websites for their respective countries.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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