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One in ten UK adults have never done paid work – official figures | Business News



Official figures released for the first time show almost one-in-ten adults has never had a paid job, despite record employment in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said students accounted for the bulk of the 3.6 million people.

Its research showed the total numbers of 16-64-years olds identified had grown by 270,000 over the past 10 years – with women more likely to have never done paid work than men, particularly in older age groups.

The study showed that among non-students aged 25 to 64 years who had not had paid employment, almost three quarters were female.

Women who were not students are far more likely to have never had a paid job than men

“This is partly because women are more likely to take on the bulk of childcare,” the ONS found.

“Women account for 94% of those who have never worked and are currently looking after the family or home, rising to 96% in cases where there is a dependent child in the family.”

According to the ONS findings, of the 3.6 million people there were almost two million full-time students with a further 180,000 classed as students.

More than 510,000 were looking after family or the home – with 44% of those people caring for young children.

A mother feeding a baby
Of the women classed as looking after family or the home, 44 per cent were women minding babies or toddlers

A further 440,000 people were found to be either short-or long-term sick while almost 250,000 were classed as unemployed.

Categories applied to the rest included 10,000 “discouraged workers” and there were 15,000 who said they did not need a job.

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