While UK employment is at record levels, there are still millions of people across the country who have never had a paid job reports the Office of National Statistics.
Around 3.6 million adults in the UK have never been paid for work, analysis has shown.
Of more than 41 million 16- to 64-year-olds in the UK, 75% were employed in July 2017 to June 2018, but there were still nearly 10% who had never done paid work.
Young people aged 16 to 24 years represent most of the population who have never had a paid job – 71% including students. Even excluding those in full-time study, more than half of people who have never carried out paid work are aged under 30 years (52%).
Almost 3.6 million adults aged between 16 and 64 years have never done paid work.
The number of people who have never had a paid job has grown by 270,000 in the last 10 years, from 3.3 million in 2008. This is mostly driven by a 230,000 increase in people who are studying and have yet to do paid work.
Young people who have never done paid work are more likely to stay in full-time education and less likely to be seeking work than they were 10 years ago.
Since 2008, there has been a 15% increase in the number of 16- to 24-year-olds who are studying and yet to do paid work, which has coincided with a 28% fall in those outside full-time education who are unemployed and have never had a paid job.
There has also been a significant rise in the number of long-term sick who have never carried out paid work. This group, many of who report having a disability which restricts their day-to-day activities, has expanded by 23% (around 75,000) in the last 10 years.