The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its annual review of quality of life in the UK.
The review, Measuring National Well-being: Quality of Life in the UK 2018, provides an update against specific wellbeing indicators including health, mental wellbeing and job satisfaction. This year, the review focused on comparing the results between different age groups. These results may help employers target their health and wellbeing strategies towards different age grouped employees in their organisation.
This article, forming part of the Measuring National Well-being programme which publishes the latest assessments of change, focuses on the main differences between age groups.
- The latest update of the Measuring of National Well-being programme provides a broadly positive picture of life in the UK, with most indicators either improving or staying the same over the short-term (one year) and long-term (five years).
- Younger people (mainly aged 16 to 24) were more likely to report higher ratings of satisfaction with their health and engage in physical activities.
- The main challenges for younger people include unemployment, loneliness, having someone to rely on and a lack of sense of belonging to their neighbourhood.
- People in their early and middle years (mainly aged 25 to 54) were generally more likely to be in employment, but less likely to be satisfied with their leisure time.
- Older people (mainly aged 75 and over) were more likely to be satisfied with their income, leisure time, feel they can cope financially and belong to their neighbourhood.
- The main challenges for older people are lower satisfaction with their health and lower engagement with an art or cultural activity.
Statistician’s comment: “There is a growing recognition that how we are doing as a nation is at least as much about people’s well-being as it is about the country’s economic health. Today’s analysis shows the strengths and challenges of different age groups in society. These insights can help target services where they are most needed and can have the best impact”. Silvia Manclossi, Head of Quality of Life Team, Office for National Statistics
A full breakdown of age-group data is provided in the national well-being domains and measures dataset. It should be noted that, while this article looks at age-group comparisons for those aged 16 and over, they have also published more detailed datasets focusing on children’s well-being and young people’s well-being.