At the end of 2011, 197,600 (9.9 per cent) 16- to 18-year-olds were NEET. Rates vary considerably with age – 5.4 per cent of 16-year-olds, 8.4 per cent of 17-year-olds and 15.8 per cent of 18-year-olds. For most young people, being NEET is a temporary outcome as they move between different education and training options – surveys estimate that only one per cent of young people are NEET at ages 16, 17 and 18.
The characteristics of young people who are not participating are diverse, although there are some groups that are at greater risk of becoming NEET. This includes, for example, those with few or no qualifications and those with a health problem, disability or low aspirations. The Department has published research looking at the characteristics of young people who are not participating.
The Department publishes a range of information on young people not in education, employment or training:
Links to the publications from each of these data sources can be found in the associated resources section of this page.
There are differences between the figures produced by these three measures. The main reasons for this are that local data only records young people known to the local authority and does not record as NEET young people who are taking a gap year or are in custody. As a result, the local authorities' measure tends to be lower than that recorded in the Statistical First Release or Quarterly Brief.
NEET figures for 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds by local authority area in 2011.
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NEET figures by Local Authority area in 2010.
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This brief sets out the latest statistics available on NEET in England from the Department for Education's 16 to 18 participation statistical first release, the labour force survey, and regional NEET figures.