Percentage of youth (aged 16-24 years) not in education, employment or training


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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Labour Force Survey responses have been (LFS) reweighted to new populations derived using growth rates from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Real Time Information (RTI), to allow for different trends during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. the reweighting will give improved estimates of both rates and levels for estimates from Q1 2020 onwards. However, during the implementation of this weighting methodology a small error was encountered resulting in a slight overestimation of the non-UK population by approximately 0.5%. This represents less than half the size of the sampling variability. The impact on LFS economic activity estimates at national level is mostly below 0.1% and the impact on rates is less than 0.02 percentage points.

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Indicator available

Percentage of youth (aged 16-24 years) not in education, employment or training

Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Youth - For UK NEETs data, young people are defined as those aged 16 to 24 years.

Seasonally adjusted - Some data used are seasonally adjusted to remove the effects of seasonal factors and the arrangement of the calendar, this is referred to as being 'seasonally adjusted'.

NEET - Anybody who is not in education or training and not in employment is considered to be NEET.

More detailed definitions can be found in the glossary of the Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) release.

Available disaggregations

Sex and Age are available as disaggregations.


Annual data was calculated from the quarterly data using a 4 Quarter average

Other information

These data are collected using the Labour Force Survey.

See the Labour Force Survery QMI for information on quality and methodology.

Further disaggregation by ethnicity are available from Ethnicity facts and figures. Further disaggregation by disability are available from Proportion of young people aged 16 to 24 years that are not in education, employment or training (NEET) by disability status, UK, 2014 to 2017. Both of these releases use older population weights that mean that they are not directly comparable to the figures shown here.

NEET figures are produced separately, and using different methodologies, for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Therefore, the data cannot be compared by country.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of youth (aged 15–24 years) not in education, employment or training

Target name

By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Labour Organization (ILO)

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Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data

2001 Q4

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) opens in a new window
Release date 26 August 2021
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Statistical classification

National Statistic

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Other information

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