Estimates of individuals who have never worked (apart from casual or holiday work), excluding those aged 16-24 years and in education, have previously been published. This analysis is an attempt to break these individuals down by the year that they left full-time education (FTE).
The data source from which these estimates are made – the Labour Force Survey - does not ask respondents in which year they left FTE, but rather their age in complete years when they did so. Therefore it is not possible to identify an exact date when they left FTE, but it can be narrowed down to a 12-month period, starting on their preceding birthday. For most individuals, this period will be split across 2 calendar years, so it is not possible to estimate precisely how many left FTE in a given year.