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Indicator 8.6.1 Proportion of youth (aged 15–24 years) not in education, employment or training

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

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

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Headline data

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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 (%)

Definitions

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

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’.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

((Youth – Youth in employment – Youth not in employment but in education or training) / Youth) * 100

Other information

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

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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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Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Quarterly

Earliest available data

2001 Q4

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date

27/02/2020

Next release

28/05/2020

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

bob.watson@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Source metadata