Mnemonic: hh_deprivation_education
Applicability: Household
Type: Derived variable


A household is classified as deprived in the education dimension if no one has at least a level 2 education and no one aged 16 to 18 years is a full-time student.


Total number of categories: 3

Code Name
0 Household is not deprived in the education dimension
1 Household is deprived in the education dimension
-8 Does not apply*

*Households with no usual residents.


Read about how we developed and tested the questions for Census 2021.

Comparability with the 2011 Census

Not comparable

The categories for this variable are the same as the ones in the 2011 Census. However, this variable is based on how people responded to the qualifications questions which in Census 2021 were revised and split up to group together different qualifications. People who hold either qualifications that were not listed on the questionnaire or non-UK qualifications were asked to guess their modern UK equivalent. They were only given the option to choose "other qualification equivalent unknown" or "foreign qualification" if they chose "no" to all the other qualification questions. This means that there has been a reduction in the number of people with an unknown highest qualification level, which is a category that is considered deprived in the specification of this variable. This means that some people will not be considered deprived in the education dimension in Census 2021 who were considered deprived in Census 2011 although they hold the same qualifications.

What does not comparable mean?

A variable that is not comparable means that it cannot be compared with a variable from the 2011 Census.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

Highly comparable

What does highly comparable mean?

A variable that is highly comparable means that it can be directly compared with the variable from Scotland and Northern Ireland. The questions and options that people could choose from may be slightly different, for example the order of the options may be swapped around, but the data collected is the same.

Find out more about variables produced for Census 2021 in Northern Ireland and Census 2022 in Scotland.

Census 2021 data that uses this variable

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