This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Find out more here


To discuss how you and your organisation can get more involved with The Work Foundation, please contact us.

Call 020 7976 3575 or email


Lizzie Crowley
Senior Researcher

International Lessons: Youth unemployment in the global context

International Lessons: Youth unemployment in the global context

Lizzie Crowley, Katy Jones, Nye Cominetti and Jenny Gulliford
29 January 2013

The UK has experienced the fastest rise in youth unemployment of any country in the G8 since the start of the recession and now has the third worst levels in the OECD. This report looks at youth unemployment internationally, placing a spotlight on Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia, all of which have maintained consistently low levels of youth unemployment despite the economic downturn. The report argues that the UK’s youth unemployment problem cannot be attributed solely to the recession, particularly as other major economies have consistently outperformed the UK in this area. Drawing on best practice from other countries, International lessons: youth unemployment in the global context makes a series of recommendations about how the UK government can improve its policy responses.

Back to reports list