Employment and skills

Key employment and skills issues

  • Ealing has a working age (16-64) population of 172,800, 85.7% of men are economically active in Ealing compared to 64.3 % of women.


  • Ealing has 6,096 people claiming job seekers allowance which is the second highest number of people in West London after Brent.


  • Over the last five years the percentage of people claiming job seekers allowance in Ealing has fallen from 3.7% (8,613) in 2010 to 2.6% (6,096) in 2014.  This decrease is the same as the England average but smaller than the London average of 1.3%.


  • Ealing has 12,450 people claiming employment and support allowance or incapacity benefits, which is the highest number in West London.


  • Ealing has 2,600 lone parents claiming income support, the highest number in West London and the 11th in London. However the Ealing rate of 1.1% is lower than the London average 1.3%.


  • Within Ealing the Northolt West End ward has the highest rate of residents who are out of work at 15.9 %.  Northfield has the lowest rate of 4.7 %, a difference of 11.2%.


  • Northolt West End ward has a particularly high proportion of lone parents at 2.8% compared to Northfield which is 0.4%. Other wards with high lone parent rates include East Acton 1.8%, South Acton 1.7% and Norwood Green 1.5%.


  • Norwood Green ward has the highest number of residents on incapacity benefits/Ealing has 12,450 people claiming at 9.6% compared to Northfields which has a total of 2.6%.


  • 23,600 residents in Ealing have no qualifications which is 10.6% of the population compared to a London average of 7.8%.


  • 82.8% of Ealing residents have qualifications of NVQ level 1 or above and 41% are qualified to degree level. 


  • 6.6% of Ealing residents have ‘other qualifications’. This means that 14,600 people are likely to have difficulty in getting their qualifications recognised by employers.


  • 15,130 children aged 0-18 live in families on out of work benefits, which comprises 7,770 households.


  • Ealing is the third most ethnically diverse borough in the country and 56% of its working age residents were born outside the UK. Black and Asian/Asian British residents are more likely to be unemployed or in lower skilled job than white residents. 


  • Lack of English language skills is a significant barrier to employment.  34% of residents do not have English as their main language and 21% of households do not have anyone in the household who speaks English as their main language, 7.2% of residents either cannot speak English or cannot speak it well which is the fifth highest level in the country.   


  • NEET (not in education, employment or training) 16-18 Academic age figures as at March 2014 for Ealing is 3.1% compared to London which is 4%.

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