ILR specification: 2023 to 2024

Employment Status: Field


The learner's employment status.

Reason Required

To monitor economic activity of learners, support delivery of programmes for the unemployed and establish eligibility for ESF and 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded programmes.

Schema Definitions

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Field Length
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Collection Requirements

  • 16-19 excluding Apprenticeships (FundModel 25)
  • Adult Skills (FundModel 35)
  • Skills Bootcamps (FundModel 37, Prog Type 32)
  • Apprenticeships (FundModel 36)
  • Other Adult (FundModel 81)
  • Other 16-19 (FundModel 82)
  • Non-funded (FundModel 99)
  • Community Learning (FundModel 10)

Attribute Codes

Code Title
10 In paid employment
11 Not in paid employment, looking for work and available to start work
12 Not in paid employment, not looking for work and/or not available to start work
98 Not known / not provided


  • The Employment Status Monitoring fields should also be completed with the relevant ESM type where applicable, see ESM type field for further details.

  • You must return complete data and must only return 'not known' in exceptional circumstances as Employment Status field is very required for ESF match funding.

Employment status definitions:

  • In paid employment (code 10): Learners who have been in paid work prior to starting the learning aim or programme or who are temporarily away from a job (for example, on holiday). Also counted as in paid employment are people on government-supported training schemes and people who do unpaid work for their family's business.

  • Not in paid employment and looking for work (code 11): Learners who have not been in paid work prior to starting the learning aim or programme, who are without a job, want a job, have actively sought work in the last 4 weeks and are available to start work in the next 2 weeks, or have found a job and are waiting to start it.