This has increased from 77% in 2006, and has been largely driven by an increase in the number of people obtaining degree-level qualifications.
As a result of this increase, there has been a decrease in the proportion of people who hold no formal qualification. In 2006, just over 60,000 people did not have a qualification, comprising 23% of the population. In 2013 these figures were 49,700 and 20% respectively.
Leaving school with no qualifications can have adverse outcomes for individuals, and people without qualifications are often less likely to be able to find work that pays well as those who do have qualifications.