This low level belies inequalities emerge between the high vs. NEET levels are higher among high-educated women (27%) than among men (just 7%) and much higher among low-educated women (60%) than among men (28%).In contrast, in the Nordic countries, non-EU men and women tend to be equally participating in the labour market, education and training.Employment rates are high and rather equitable for the high-educated (85% among UK-born and 80% among long-settled non-EU-born).The vast majority are working in jobs at the level of their qualification.
Long-settled non-EU-born men are more likely to receive below-poverty-level wages and benefits for their work, while low-educated women are less likely to work at all.
The UK's labour market integration outcomes clearly reflect the strengths and weakness of its current context.
The UK is well-placed internationally to attract global talent in competition with other EN-speaking countries.
Other countries better support local and regional authorities by adopting a comprehensive national integration strategy, where these authorities come together with civil society and immigrant communities to make their own commitments and agree on common measurable targets (e.g. Non-EU immigrants have generally equal access to the UK’s inequitable labour market and end up in a similar position as high- and low-educated UK-born citizens; the specific challenges faced by immigrant communities, especially low-educated men and women, go unaddressed by the UK’s even weaker targeted measures under austerity, at a time when most other similar countries are expanding their support An estimated 1/4 of working-age non-EU citizens are not in employment, education or training in UK, according to 2011/2 estimates.
This level is lower than in most European countries and similar to the levels in Nordic countries (DK, NO, SE).