Parental qualifications and child poverty in 2020

Andy Dickerson, Jo Lindley

This report looks at how the anticipated changes in qualifications and in the occupational and sectoral distribution of employment will impact on the incidence of child poverty by 2020.

The Leitch Review of Skills predicts that the working population should be better skilled by 2020, leading to an increase in the quality and quantity of jobs and a reduction in the risk of household poverty. The report includes:

  • initial estimates of how much child poverty can be expected to fall if the anticipated improvements in skills are realised;
  • a model of the incidence of child poverty, based on family and household characteristics, and parental jobs;
  • a simulation of the impact of anticipated improvements in qualifications and skills, as well as the forecast changes in the occupational and industrial employment structure by 2020;
  • analysis of results suggesting that the risk of child poverty will fall between 2 and 5 percentage points as a consequence of the anticipated changes in employment structure, contributing towards the 17 percentage point fall required to meet the government's objective of eradicating child poverty by 2020.

This is one of seven reports linked to the Roundup 'What will it take to end child poverty in 2020'.

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