3.6 million British adults have never had a paid job (Image: Getty Images)
Despite record levels of employment, almost one in 10 people aged between 16 and 64 has never been remunerated for work. Research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the overall number had risen by 270,000 over the past decade, with women more likely to have never done paid work. The ONS said: "This is partly because women are more likely to take on the bulk of child care.
"Women account for 94 per cent of those who have never worked and are currently looking after the family or home, rising to 96 percent in cases where there is a dependent child in the family."
The findings, published yesterday, showed almost two million full-time students and a further 180,000 who were classed as students accounted for the bulk of the 3.6 million figure.
More than 510,000 were looking after family or the home with