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Boost to full-time employment welcome but young people and over 50s continue to suffer

Ian Brinkley

13 April 2011

For immediate release: 13 April 2011

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director of socio-economic programmes at The Work Foundation, said:

“These are better figures than expected. The strong growth in full-time work is especially encouraging as this is a key indicator of sustained recovery. However, with the economy as a whole remaining weak, we cannot count on this good news continuing. And serious underlying structural problems remain, especially unemployment among young people and long-term unemployment among the over 50s which will persist for many months to come.”


Notes to editors

  1. Ian Brinkley is available for interviews and briefings.
  2. The Work Foundation is the leading independent authority on work and its future. It aims to improve the quality of working life and the effectiveness of organisations by equipping leaders, policymakers and opinion-formers with evidence, advice, new thinking and networks. In October 2010, Lancaster University acquired The Work Foundation, forming a new alliance that will enable both organisations to further enhance their impact.