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Levels of highest qualification held by working age adults

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  • Release date: 18 April 2018
  • Period covered: 2017
  • Next update: April 2019
An annual report presenting data by age, gender, qualification, ethnicity, disability status, Welsh language and UK country and region.
Overall, qualification levels in Wales increased in 2017, continuing the general increase seen over time. 

Key points

  • An estimated 9 per cent of working age adults in Wales reported having no qualifications compared with 10 per cent in 2016.
  • 79 per cent of working age adults in Wales held at least level 2 qualifications compared with 78 per cent in 2016.
  • 58 per cent of working age adults in Wales were qualified to the level 3 threshold the same as in 2016.
  • The proportion holding Higher Education or equivalent level qualifications (NQF level 4 or above) was 37 per cent the same as in 2016.
This information is derived from the Annual Population Survey.


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