In 2019, UK life expectancy at birth was 79.6 years for males and 83.3 years for females.
Compared with 2018, UK male life expectancy at birth rose by 17.2 weeks and UK female life expectancy at birth rose by 17.7 weeks in 2019.
The rise in UK life expectancy at birth from 2018 to 2019 was the biggest annual increase since 2010 to 2011, with life expectancy rising by 20.3 weeks for males and 19.3 weeks for females.
Single-year life tables have been published as a result of evidence of user need for single-year data; they are suited for analyses that require annual data and need more detailed information about mortality patterns.
Single-year life tables are not National Statistics; they are considered less robust than the three-year life tables as they are more prone to annual fluctuations in deaths caused by seasonal events.
We recommend that single-year life tables should be used alongside the three-year national life tables to draw conclusions about longer-term trends.
Users should exercise caution when considering using single-year life tables to look at trends for UK constituent countries; the relatively small size of the populations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales makes the annual life expectancy data for these countries more volatile.