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Adult skills deprivation

Adult Skills is a sub-domain of the Education and Skills domain, which is one of the domains that makes up the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD 2015). For more information and data on the IMD 2015 and the other domains that make up the index please see the main IMD 2015 page.

Key points

16 LSOAs1 in the county are amongst the 25 per cent most deprived in England in terms of Adult Skills. Seven of these are in the south of Hereford City. Both the north of Hereford City and Leominster have three, Bromyard has two and Ross-on-Wye has one.

Four LSOAs1 in south Hereford and one in Leominster are in the 10 per cent most deprived in England for adult skills deprivation.

Adult skills – which includes qualification levels and ability to speak English - is the second biggest issue for the county across the people-related domains (i.e. excluding barriers to housing and services and living environment) next to children and young people’s education and skills.

There are 13 LSOAs1 that are amongst the 25 per cent least deprived in England. Nine of these are in the rural areas of the county and the remaining four are located in the north of Hereford City.

This domain measures the lack of attainment and skills in the local population relating to adults and is made up of the following indicators –

  • Adult skills: The proportion of working age adults with no or low qualifications, women aged 25 to 59 and men aged 25 to 64.
  • English language proficiency: The proportion of working age adults who cannot speak English or cannot speak English well, women aged 25 to 59 and men aged 25 to 64.

Maps showing the areas of Herefordshire that are amongst the most deprived in England according to the Adult Skills sub-domain of the IMD 2015.
Id2015 Adultskills Map
Source: Department of Communities and Local Government


1. Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are fixed statistical geographies of about 1,500 people designed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). For more information please see the useful definitions page.

Last updated: Monday, August 07, 2017