Unemployment affecting access to computers on UK -

A recent information request by a UK politician, Chris Ruane, revealed that the majority of UK households have computers, but that unemployment and low wages are still preventing many from gaining access to a PC.

The Director General of the Office of National Statistics revealed estimate figures of UK households with computers, based on an annual National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification survey of roughly 5,000 houses throughout the country.

Of 25.98 million households, 19.58 million have a computer, which means a rate of roughly 80 percent.

Larger employers and managers mostly had computers, 1.16 million out of 1.2 million. Higher professionals were similarly high, with 1.68 million out of 1.7 million. Lower ranking managers and professionals mostly had computers, but less than the others at 4.63 million out of 4.9 million.

As wages drop the number of households with computers also drops. Only 1.37 million of 1.52 million ntermediate working households had computers. Lower supervisory staff were at 1.53 million of 1.74 million. Semi routine workers were even lower at 1.64 million of 1.99 million and routine staff were 1.17 million of 1.47 million.

The long-term unemployed, including those who have never worked, tend not to have as much access to computers due to their financial difficulty. Of 510,000 only 330,000 unemployed households had a computer.

For those with no occupation stated, including those who are “economically inactive”, less than half had a computer, only 4.38 million of a total of nine million.

Most students have computers, 430,000 out of 470,000.

Economic difficulties have a clear impact on people's access to modern technology, but without this access it makes it much more difficult for those people to improve their financial situation, given the dependence of modern work forces on basic and advanced computer skills.