As well as becoming more female, with women making up 45.3 per cent of the total, compared with 44 per cent in 1996, the labour force will be older on average. The number of over-35s is expected to rise by 2.3 million, while the number under 35 is expected to fall by 1.1 million.
Even though more young people are expected to remain in full-time education, larger numbers will join the workforce too, because students are increasingly likely to have jobs.
Labour Market Trends, pounds 6, Office for National Statistics. Diane CoyleReuse content