Survey Variable: Last Paid Employment

Figure 1. See also Table A1.

Respondents who indicated that they don’t do any hours of paid work on an average weekday (n = 493) were asked when they last had paid employment. As Figure 1 (above, using weighted data) shows, a majority of these respondents have not had work for at least five years (57.0%). A further two fifths (40.1%) have ceased to work in the last five years, and only a tiny proportion have never worked (2.0%) or only work at weekends (0.9%). Breaking these respondents down into their employment status, as Table 1 (below, using unweighted data) shows, we can see that almost three quarters of them (74.0%) are retired. The next largest group is people who are not working (16.0%), who may be stay-at-home parents or homemakers. Finally, a tenth of those who do not have paid employment during the week are unemployed (6.5%) or students (3.5%).

Table 1.
Variable nameback_anywork_mv
Number of cases493
Number of categories7
Categories to code as missingNone
Cases to code as missingNone
Details of the original last paid employment variable.

Published by joegreenwoodhau

Joe Greenwood-Hau is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where he works on the Capital, Privilege and Political Participation in Britain and Beyond project.

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