ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

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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Collection requirements

  • 16-19 excluding Apprenticeships (FundModel 25)
  • Adult Skills (FundModel 35)
  • ESF (FundModel 70)
  • Apprenticeships (FundModel 36)
  • Non-funded (FundModel 99)
  • Other Adult (FundModel 81)
  • Other 16-19 (FundModel 82)

Attribute Codes

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

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