Worker:Pensioner Ratio

Treasury written question – answered on 14th September 2004.

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Photo of Mr Denzil Davies Mr Denzil Davies Labour, Llanelli

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the ratio of workers to pensioners in the (a) United Kingdom, (b) each region of England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl to Mr. Denzil Davies, dated 14 September 2004

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the ratio of workers to pensioners in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each region of England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales. I am replying in his absence. (188129)

The attached table gives the estimated ratios of people in employment to the population estimates above pension age by gender and region for the three months ending August 2003.

These ratios have been calculated by dividing the estimated employed population aged 16 and over, obtained from the ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS), by the estimated populations of men aged 65 and over and of women aged 60 and over.

Ratio of people in employment to estimates of population above pension age(10)by gender and Government office regions; summer (June to August) 2003 not seasonally adjusted
Total Male Female
England 2.6 3.8 1.9
North East 2.2 3.2 1.6
North West (inc Merseyside) 2.4 3.6 1.8
Yorkshire and Humberside 2.5 3.7 1.8
East Midlands 2.5 3.7 1.9
West Midlands 2.5 3.6 1.8
Eastern 2.5 3.7 1.9
London 3.3 5.1 2.3
South-East 2.6 3.8 1.9
South West 2.2 3.2 1.7
Wales 2.2 3.2 1.7
Scotland 2.5 3.8 1.8
Northern Ireland 2.7 4.3 1.8
United Kingdom 2.5 3.7 1.8

(10) Pension age is defined as women aged 60 plus and men aged 65 plus. Ratio was calculated as people in employment divided by number of people above pension age.


ONS—Labour Force Survey

ONS—Population Estimates

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