Official Statistics

Rural skills statistics

Rural skills.


Rural skills

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Analysis of skills by work place and residence base in rural and urban areas.



  • percentage of working age population with at least one qualification

  • percentage of working age population with at least National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) ( level 2 (or equivalent) or above

  • percentage of working age population with at NVQ level 4 (or equivalent)

  • proportion of employees and self-employed of working age receiving on the job training

Data source: Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey

Coverage: England

Rural classification used: Rural urban local authority classification 2011

Next release date: tbc

Additional information:

Defra statistics: rural

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Published 31 January 2013
Last updated 22 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated with 2015 data for workplace based skills
  2. Published today, updated statistics on skills in rural and urban areas.
  3. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.
  4. First published.