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Pensioner household

Mnemonic (reference code): PENHUK

Definition: This variable provides information on the people of pensionable age in the household.

Applicability: All households with at least one person of pensionable age





Qualifications (Scotland)

Mnemonic (reference code): QU1PS​ to QU8PS

Definition: This is a multi-tick question asking the person to identify all qualifications obtained. Respondents are asked to tick all boxes that apply.

During processing, the answers to the tick boxes are held in a compound field consisting of 0s and 1s. In order to produce a ‘count’ of qualifications held, separate variables are provided on the final output database for each qualification group represented by each tick box.

Qualification, highest level of

Mnemonic (reference code): HLQPUK

Definition: This derived variable provides information on the highest level of qualification. For Scotland and Northern Ireland it is based on QU(x)PS and QU(x)PNI respectively. In England and Wales it is based on responses to both the qualifications question and the professional qualification question (see QU(x)PEW and PQU(x)PEW). The codes are preceded by 1 for England and Wales, 2 for Scotland and 3 for Northern Ireland to emphasise that the levels are derived from different questions.

Provision of care

Mnemonic (reference code): HELPUK

Definition: This question records whether a person gives any help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill-health or disability, or problems related to old age.


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