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25 to 49 year-olds lacking a Level 3 qualification

Key points

  • In all Inner London boroughs where less than 30% of 25 to 49 year-olds lack a Level 3 qualification, more than half of that age group is aged 25 to 34. The reverse is true of Bexley, Enfield and Barking & Dagenham, which have a higher proportion lacking Level 3 qualifications.
  • In some cases, the proportion of 25 to 49 year-olds lacking Level 3 qualifications coincide with the proportion of 19-year-olds lacking Level 3 qualifications, such as Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Bexley at the high end, and Kingston, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham at the lower end.

25 to 49 year-olds lacking a Level 3 qualification by borough

What does the map show?

This map shows the proportion of 25 to 49-year-olds lacking Level 3 qualifications. Level 3 refers to AS and A-level qualifications or equivalent. To improve reliability the data is an average for the three years to 2014 but should still be treated with caution.

It shows that four boroughs with the highest proportion of adults lacking a Level 3 qualification are in the Outer East and North East, while all the boroughs in the Inner West are among those with the lowest proportion.

In some cases, these proportions coincide with the proportion of 19-year-olds lacking Level 3 qualifications, such as Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Bexley at the high end, and Kingston, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham at the lower end. However, in some parts of Inner London the proportion of 25 to 49-year-olds without a Level 3 qualification is much lower than the proportion among local school leavers (such as Wandsworth, Camden and Islington).

Some of this variation between boroughs can be explained by the age profiles of the area as 40 to 49-year-olds are more likely to lack qualifications than 25 to 34-year-olds. In all Inner London boroughs where less than 30% of 25 to 49-year-olds lack a Level 3 qualification, more than half of that age group is aged 25 to 34. The reverse is true of Bexley, Enfield and Barking & Dagenham.

However, Richmond and Kingston both have a relatively low proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds, as well as a low proportion of 25 to 49-year-olds lacking Level 3. These more affluent Outer London boroughs are outliers to the overall trend marked by Inner and Outer London.

Data used

Annual Population Survey, ONS

Indicator last updated: 22 October 2015