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Table 1 Descriptive data

From: Role of age and health in perceptions of returning to work: a qualitative study

  Category (n = 26)
Gender Female 14
Male 12
Age 50–54 13
55–59 7
60–64 6
Benefit type Job Seekers Allowance 10
Employment Support Allowance 14
Universal Credit 2
Health condition No 1
Yes- mental health 7
Yes- physical health 8
Yes- both physical and mental health 10
Last occupation (based on standard occupational classification) No employment history 1
Elementary occupations 6
Process/plant/machine operatives 3
Sales and Service occupations 1
Caring and leisure 5
Skilled trades 2
Administration/secretarial 1
Associate professional and technical 4
Professional occupations 3
Senior officials 0
Educational attainment No qualifications 6
Standard grade/o-level/leaving cert 4
A-levels/Highers 1
Vocational qualifications (inc. city and guilds) 3
College level qualification 6
University degree 6
Length of unemployment < 12 months 5
1–2 years 0
2–5 years 15
> 5 years 6