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Statistical Report – Wales’ Levels of Highest Qualification Held by Working Age Adults


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 2016, continuing the general increase seen over time.

An estimated 9 per cent of working age adults in Wales reported having no qualifications compared with 10 per cent in 2015.

  • 78 per cent of working age adults in Wales held at least level 2 qualifications compared with 76 per cent in 2015.
  • 58 per cent of working age adults in Wales were qualified to the level 3 threshold compared with 57 per cent in 2015.
  • The proportion holding Higher Education or equivalent level qualifications (NQF level 4 or above) was 37 per cent compared with 36 per cent in 2015.

This information is derived from the Annual Population Survey.

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