The percentage of households where no adults work was 18.8 per cent, down a mere 0.3 percentage points from a year earlier. The number of households in which no adult has ever worked was 370,000, up 18,000 from a year earlier, suggesting that any recovery is being led by higher skilled, higher paid jobs.
Meanwhile, almost 28% of UK graduates who left university in 2007 have yet to find full time jobs three and half years later. The figures, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, include those who have gone on to further study or are working part time. The quango said that numbers of unemployed graduates have increased 2.6% since 2008. Of the 27.7% who said they were not in full-time work, 8.8% were working part-time or voluntarily, 5.3% were working and studying and 6.5% were just studying. 3.6% gave their response as "other", leaving 3.5% considered as unemployed.
It also suggested that men were more likely to be on higher salaries than women. While 14% of men in full-time paid work who graduated in 2007 were earning between £30,000 and £34,999 three and a half years later, the same was true for 9.3% of women. In comparison, 29.4% of women were earning £20,000 to £24,999, against 15.6% of men. The figures also suggested that a fifth (21.5%) of those questioned did not think that university had prepared them for their career, with 6.4% saying it had not prepared them at all.
Source: APSCo 29 August 2011