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 Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, where his teaching focuses on Introduction to Political Data Analaysis and he is wrapping up the Capital, Privilege and Political Participation in Britain and Beyond project.

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