UK life tables (1981-2012)

The life tables used to compensate for background mortality rates in relative survival analysis comprise a set of mortality rates by single year of age, generally 0-99 years, for each sex. Life tables are derived from mortality data (number of deaths, population, by age and sex) for a given calendar period, in a given country or region. They may also be specific for a particular group defined by socio-economic deprivation, race or ethnicity.

The life tables we have constructed for use in survival analyses for England and Wales contain age-sex-mortality rates for various indices of deprivation, by region and calendar year or period. National life tables for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland are also available.

UK life tables: by continent, country, region, subregion (England only), ethnicity , deprivation (1981-2011) — [calendar period varies by region: i.e Scotland (1991-2011); England and Wales combined (1989-2012)]


continentcountryCountryEthnicityDeprivationQuintileSubregionYearSexAge(x)Mortality rate (mx)Probability of death (qx)Probability of survival (px)year_daysx_daysmx_daysqx_dayspx_days
continentcountryCountryEthnicityDeprivationQuintileSubregionYearSexAge(x)Mortality rate (mx)Probability of death (qx)Probability of survival (px)year_daysx_daysmx_daysqx_dayspx_days
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 female 0 0.007647 0.007618 0.992382 7,671 0 0.000021 0.000021 0.002717
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 male 0 0.010132 0.010081 0.989919 7,671 0 0.000028 0.000028 0.002710
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 female 1 0.000583 0.000583 0.999417 7,671 365 0.000002 0.000002 0.002736
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 male 1 0.000870 0.000870 0.999130 7,671 365 0.000002 0.000002 0.002735
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 female 2 0.000287 0.000287 0.999713 7,671 730 0.000001 0.000001 0.002737
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 male 2 0.000381 0.000381 0.999619 7,671 730 0.000001 0.000001 0.002737
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 male 3 0.000271 0.000271 0.999729 7,671 1,095 0.000001 0.000001 0.002737
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 female 3 0.000233 0.000233 0.999767 7,671 1,095 0.000001 0.000001 0.002737
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 male 4 0.000211 0.000211 0.999789 7,671 1,461 0.000001 0.000001 0.002737
Europe United Kingdom England None Carstairs/IMDinc Least deprived 1981 female 4 0.000197 0.000197 0.999803 7,671 1,461 0.000001 0.000001 0.002737



Recommended citation for the methodology: Rachet B, Maringe C, Woods LM, Ellis L, Spika D, Allemani C. Multivariable flexible modelling for estimating complete, smoothed life tables for sub-national populations. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 1240.