Skip to content

Statistical bulletin: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), May 2014

Released: 22 May 2014 Download PDF

For January to March 2014:

  • There were 975,000 young people (aged from 16 to 24) in the UK who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), a decrease of 61,000 from October to December 2013 and down 118,000 from a year earlier.
  • The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 13.5%, down 0.8 percentage points from October to December 2013 and down 1.6 percentage points from a year earlier.
  • Just over half (52%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed. The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive.

In this bulletin

Estimates for Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in the UK. An article providing background information (88.7 Kb Pdf) is available on the ONS website. The Bulletin is published four times a year in February, May, August and November. All estimates discussed in this Statistical Bulletin are for the United Kingdom and are seasonally adjusted. The figures discussed in this Statistical Bulletin are obtained from the Labour Force Survey (a survey of households) and are therefore estimates, not precise figures.

The Statistical Bulletin is accompanied by a data table in spreadsheet format (304.5 Kb Excel sheet) . (304.5 Kb Excel sheet)

Total Young People who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

For January to March 2014, there were 975,000 young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), down 61,000 from October to December 2013 and down 118,000 from a year earlier.  For January to March 2014, 13.5% of all people aged from 16 to 24 were NEET, down 0.8 percentage points from October to December 2013 and down 1.6 percentage points on a year earlier. Chart 1 shows the percentage of people aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET since 2009.

Chart 1: People aged from 16 to 24 Not in Education, Employment or Training as a percentage of all people aged from 16 to 24, seasonally adjusted

Chart 1: People aged from 16 to 24 Not in Education, Employment or Training as a percentage of all people aged from 16 to 24, seasonally adjusted
Source: Labour Force Survey - Office for National Statistics

Download chart

For January to March 2014, there were 53,000 people aged from 16 to 17 who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), down 13,000 from October to December 2013 and 23,000 from a year earlier. There were 922,000 people aged from 18 to 24 who were NEET, down 47,000 from October to December 2013 and down 95,000 from a year earlier. 

Unemployed Young People who were NEET

Unemployment measures people without a job who have been actively seeking work within the last four weeks and are available to start work in the next two weeks. For January to March 2014, there were 507,000 unemployed young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), down 61,000 from October to December 2013 and down 72,000 from a year earlier. For January to March 2014:

  •  there were 316,000 unemployed men aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET, and

  •  there were 191,000 unemployed women aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET.

Economically Inactive Young People who were NEET

Economic inactivity measures people not in employment who have not been seeking work within the last four weeks and/or are unable to start work within the next two weeks. For January to March 2014, there were 468,000 economically inactive young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 1,000 from October to December 2013 and down 46,000 from a year earlier. For January to March 2014:

  •  there were 138,000 economically inactive men aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET, and

  •  there were 330,000 economically inactive women aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET.

The higher figure for women reflects the fact that some young people who were NEET are not in the labour force because they were looking after the family or home. 

Background notes

  1. Further statistics on young people in the labour market for the UK were published on 14 May 2014 within the main Labour Market Statistics release and are available at data table A06. (2.34 Mb Excel sheet) Information on availability of sub-national estimates of Young People who were NEET is available in an article published on the website (88.7 Kb Pdf) .

  2. Publication dates for the next year are:

    • 21 August 2014
    • 20 November 2014
    • 26 February 2015

  3. A list of the job titles of those given pre-publication access to the contents of this Statistical Bulletin is available on the website.

  4. Details of the policy governing the release of new data are available by visiting www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/index.html or from the Media Relations Office email: media.relations@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Statistical contacts

Name Phone Department Email
Nick Palmer +44 (0)1633 455839 Labour Force Survey nicholas.palmer@ons.gsi.gov.uk
Get all the tables for this publication in the data section of this publication .
Content from the Office for National Statistics.
© Crown Copyright applies unless otherwise stated.