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Employment: Young People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the average number of hours a week spent in employment by people under 18 years old in each of the last 30 years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the average number of hours a week spent in employment by people under 18 years old in each of the last 30 years. (144273)

Estimates of average hours worked are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The information requested is shown in the following table. Estimates prior to 1993 are not available.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Four quarter annual averages, 1993 to 2012—United Kingdom
  Total in employment (thousand) Average actual weekly hours worked (hours)
1993 576 18.5
1994 580 18.8
1995 624 19.3
1996 666 18.9
1997 709 19.0
1998 699 19.3
1999 670 18.7
2000 662 18.0
2001 668 18.5
2002 659 17.8
2003 652 17.8
2004 642 17.7
2005 607 17.4
2006 559 16.2
2007 535 16.5
2008 524 16.0
2009 430 14.1
2010 377 13.6
2011 347 14.0
2012 346 13.6
Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS)

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