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The missing million: Addressing the youth employment challenge

The number of unemployed young people in the UK stands at almost one million and, unlike adult unemployment, this number has hardly fallen since the recession. Of particular concern are the 282,000 (July-Sep 2013) young people that have been unemployed for over 12 months.

For the UK, higher unemployment leads to lost economic productivity and higher welfare costs. And the costs for the individual are even more profound: unemployment can have scarring effects on wages; increase the likelihood of future spells of unemployment; and affect mental and physical wellbeing.  Successive governments have tried and failed to tackle this crisis and the aim of this research programme is to find solutions that really can make an impact.

The missing million is a two-year, solutions-focused project with the aim of increasing the employment prospects of young people in the UK. To do this, the project will answer two key questions:

We also have a number of upcoming releases scheduled for later in 2014 on the following topics: 

  • The graduate labour market and their experience unemployment
  • The role of self employment in tackling youth unemployment
  • NEET prevention strategies
  • Churn and the youth labour market

Related Reports

The Geography of Youth Unemployment: A route map for change
In this report we investigate how young people’s employment prospects vary in different parts of the country, why tailored local approaches are necessary, and what the role of local partners should be in tackling youth unemployment. There is a distinctive geographic pattern to youth unemployment in the UK. For example, in cities such as Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Glasgow the youth unemployment rate is more than twice that of cities such as Southampton, York and Reading (above 25% in the former, and below 13% in the latter3).

Lizzie Crowley and Nye Cominetti
08 April 2014

London: A Tale of Two Cities
The youth unemployment rate in London stands at 25 per cent. But this rate masks sharp disparities across the city region. Whilst the inner East of the city still fares poorly, outer London boroughs are now registering some of the highest rates of youth unemployment in London. This mirrors wider changes in the distribution of unemployment, and of poverty and deprivation more generally.

Ceri Hughes and Lizzie Crowley
08 April 2014

Our submission to the Public Bill Committee on the Deregulation Bill
This submission focuses on the Deregulation Bill and outlines The Work Foundation's recommendations regarding the simplification of apprenticeships.

Katy Jones
25 March 2014

Autumn Statement 2013 submission
In its submission to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement, The Work Foundation presented its four-point plan on how to address the UK’s youth unemployment crisis by looking at apprenticeships, careers advice, transport barriers and developing innovative local approaches.

Ian Brinkley and Lizzie Crowley
29 November 2013

The road less travelled? Improving the apprenticeship pathway for young people
This paper looks at apprenticeships in the youth labour market, then looks at the case study of adult social care and concludes with suggestions for policy development.

Katy Jones
07 November 2013

The Gender Jobs Split: How young men and women experience the labour market
This Touchstone Extra considers how the pathways into work for young people vary by gender.

Ian Brinkley, Katy Jones and Neil Lee
01 November 2013

Aspirations and Experience - UK young people and work in 2013
KFC and The Work Foundation join together on the 'Youth Insight' survey - in it we hear the voices of UK young people on their experience of the world of work, and their aspirations for the future. It finds young people with high aspirations, but currently needing far more support from business, schools and government working together if they are to realise those goals.

Dr Benjamin Reid and Nye Cominetti
16 October 2013

Beyond the business case: The employer`s role in tackling youth unemployment
Youth unemployment remains a serious national problem. This report – the third in our Missing Million research series – asks: what is the role of employers in tackling youth unemployment?

Nye Cominetti, Paul Sissons and Katy Jones
03 July 2013

International Lessons: Youth unemployment in the global context
This report examines the UK’s youth unemployment problem in an international context, drawing lessons from Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia.

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

Missing Million Policy Paper 2: Transport barriers to youth employment
This report shows how rising transport costs are making it difficult for thousands of young people to participate in education and training, leaving many unable to enter or stay in work.

Katy Jones
14 December 2012

Raising Aspirations and Smoothing Transitions
Careers Education and Guidance can improve school to work transitions and minimise the risk of young people becoming NEET. This report warns that changes now coming into effect are likely to severely compromise the quality, and availability, of provision.

Brhmie Balaram and Lizzie Crowley
05 September 2012

Short-term crisis - long-term problem? Addressing the youth employment challenge
Over one million young people are out of work in the UK. This report illuminates the problem presented by the 264,000 young people in this country who have been unemployed for 12 months or more.

Neil Lee, Paul Sissons, Brhmie Balaram and Katy Jones
18 June 2012

Lost in transition? The changing labour market and young people not in employment, education or training
The number of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) has been rising for the last decade. How has the NEET cohort changed, and how has labour market change affected education to work transitions?

Paul Sissons and Katy Jones
23 May 2012

Off the Map? The geography of NEETs
Launched as part of a research partnership with the Private Equity Foundation, this report examines NEET rates for 16 – 24 year olds across Great Britain.

Neil Lee and Jonathan Wright
01 November 2011

Cutting the Apron Strings? The clustering of young graduates and the role of the public sector
Young graduates in the North and the Midlands are now disproportionately employed in the public sector, which has serious implications for the government’s handling of cuts.

Jonathan Wright
15 February 2011

Related Events

Conservative Party Conference: ‘More than a job’ - creating career opportunities for young people
The Work Foundation fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference. The core question the event will aim to answer is: What would constitute a good youth labour market and how should we go about building it?

Tue, 30 September 2014
12:30 - 14:00

Skills for the Future: Securing the UK’s long term competitiveness
Unlike any other major economy, 18-24 year olds in the UK perform less well in basic literacy, numeracy and problem solving tests than those over 50. Skill levels are falling despite decades of increasing investment. Focusing on the future of the UK labour market, the conference will present new forecasts for skills supply and demand through to 2025. The Work Foundation, together with Ingeus and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills aim to use this event to drive the debate forwards.

Mon, 03 March 2014
09:30 - 17:00

Labour Party Conference: ‘More than a job’ - creating career opportunities for young people
The Work Foundation fringe event at the Labour Party Conference. The event will consist of a panel. The core question the event will aim to answer is: What would constitute a good youth labour market and how should we go about building it?

Mon, 22 September 2014
09:00 - 10:30

Liberal Democrats Party Conference: ‘More than a job’ - creating career opportunities for young people
The Work Foundation fringe event at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference. The core question the event will aim to answer is: What would constitute a good youth labour market and how should we go about building it?

Tue, 07 October 2014
08:00 - 09:00

Tackling poverty through work: national, regional and local employment strategies for poverty reduction
Promoting employment is at the forefront of government approaches to tackling poverty in the UK. National policy levers to encourage paid work include active labour market programmes, tax credits and the national minimum wage. Recently, there has been increasing emphasis on more local approaches to fostering economic growth. Research shows that economic growth at the local level does not necessarily reduce poverty.

Thu, 03 July 2014
10:15 - 14:15

Young people in the recovery: from false starts to rewarding careers
This event presented exciting new research from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) on the impacts of high unemployment on young people’s educational aspirations and decisions, and their subsequent experiences in the labour market

Wed, 04 June 2014
08:30 - 11:30

Party Conferences 2014
This year’s party conferences will be the last before the 2015 General Election. It will be a great opportunity to influence party manifestos and, as such, we’re looking for partners who want to generate debate around significant issues like youth unemployment, job security, economic growth, health in the workplace and productivity. If you’re interested in working with The Work Foundation then we would like to hear from you.

Mon, 22 September 2014 - Wed, 08 October 2014

In conversation with Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society
We are delighted to welcome Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, to an ‘in conversation’ event at The Work Foundation where we will discuss young people and unemployment.

Tue, 03 December 2013
09:00 - 10:00

Youth Insight: the reality and aspirations of the world of work for British youth
The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Conference Programme 2013

Mon, 23 September 2013 - Tue, 23 July 2013
12:30 - 14:00

Lost in transition? Why are young people failing to make the transition from school to work?
The Work Foundation at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference Programme 2013

Mon, 16 September 2013
18:15 - 19:30

Youth Insight: the reality and aspirations of the world of work for British youth
The Work Foundation at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference Programme 2013

Tue, 17 September 2013 - Wed, 17 July 2013
07:15 - 08:30

Roundtable: The Employer’s Role in Tackling Youth Unemployment
There remain around 1 million young unemployed people in this country. In our latest report we set out the steps that employers can take to tackle the problem.

Tue, 02 July 2013
16:00 - 17:30

The Work Foundation 2012 Annual Debate: Does the economy need a new kind of business?
We hold this event each year to thank our network of partner organisations for their continued support. This year the debate will focus on whether or not socially engaged business is a waste of resources at a time of great need or an essential requirement to building a more stable economic system.

Wed, 30 May 2012
17:15 - 21:00

International lessons? Youth unemployment in the global context
This event, held to mark the launch of International Lessons, a major new report by The Work Foundation, will consider the lessons which can be drawn from other countries about the best way to help young people make the transition from school to work.

Mon, 28 January 2013
09:00 - 11:00

“Together in the national interest” Can we reach the most disengaged?
This debate will consider the 260,000 most disengaged young people who have been left behind by previous Government measures. It will ask whether promoting measures to reach these people will actually help deliver the growth the country needs.

Wed, 17 April 2013
18:00 - 19:00

How can apprenticeships make the workplace better?
This event examined the benefits of bringing apprentices into businesses and the potential barriers to their integration into the workplace.

Thu, 24 January 2013
09:00 - 10:30

In conversation with Mark Hoban MP, Minister of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
In an informal environment, the Minister discussed several issues, focusing on how the government might tackle the barriers to employment, what can be done to increase the efficacy of the Work Programme, and how personalised support could help the long-term unemployed back to work.

Tue, 11 December 2012
08:45 - 10:00

The Work Foundation at the Labour Party Conference
Details of The Work Foundation's fringe event programme at this year's Labour Party Conference.

Mon, 01 October 2012
12:00 - 20:00

The Work Foundation at the Lib Dem Party Conference
Details of The Work Foundation fringe event programme at this year's Liberal Democrat party conference.

Mon, 24 September 2012
13:00 - 20:00

The Work Foundation at the Conservative Party Conference
Details of The Work Foundation fringe event programme at this year's party conference.

Mon, 08 October 2012

Do young people have the right skills for work?
This event will be discussing whether we need to improve young people's skills and, if so, how?

Thu, 14 June 2012 - Fri, 15 June 2012
09:30 - 11:00

Media & policy briefing: OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012
The Work Foundation is hosting the launch of the OECD's Education at a Glance 2012.

Mon, 10 September 2012
10:30 - 12:00

Youth Unemployment: Short-term fixes and long-term needs
The Work Foundation was honoured to be joined by The Rt Hon David Miliband and Shaks Gosh, Chief Executive of the Private Equity Foundation, for the launch of the first report from our Missing Million research programme.

Thu, 10 May 2012
10:00 - 11:30

Lost in Transition? The changing labour market and young people not in employment, education or training
This event will launch the latest report from The Work Foundation and Private Equity Foundation

Tue, 22 May 2012
16:00 - 18:00

Employment Law Seminar - Age Discrimination: Managing older and younger workers
In this session we summarised the steps employers should take when engaging apprentices and identify the management issues that commonly arise and legal issues unique to apprentices with a view to demystifying this commonly misunderstood area of employment law.

Wed, 28 March 2012
09:00 - 12:00

Employer roundtable event on youth employment
This event was a roundtable discussion with key UK employers which explored this problems around youth employment and policies which could help address them.

Thu, 24 November 2011
10:00 - 12:00

Related Blogs

Tough Love? Young people and training allowances
The Labour Party yesterday endorsed a proposal from the IPPR to introduce a training allowance for some young people with less than level 3 qualifications (roughly the equivalent of A-levels). It has been widely reported as an example of “tough love” – yet the proposal deserves more serious consideration

20 June 2014

The recovery and North - South divides
Ian Brinkley looks at the latest labour market statistics in a regional context which highlights a growing divide opening up between a job rich recovery in the South and the rest of the country.

12 June 2014

Comment on the Queen's Speech
The Queen’s Speech announces a number of measures to be wrapped up in a “Small business, Enterprise and Employment” Bill. These are a restatement of general objectives that government policies were pursuing anyway such as improving access to finance and to public procurement contracts for SMEs and regularly reviewing “red tape” so that it can be cut or made effective.

04 June 2014

The long shadow of recession
Mark Bryan from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) talks about the scarring effects of long term unemployment in the run up to a forthcoming event with The Work Foundation.

Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
29 May 2014

Tackling youth unemployment in London: the role of apprenticeships
In the run up to the local elections this week and in the build up to the assembly and mayoral elections in 2016, Ceri Hughes looks at the role of apprenticeships in London and why we need a stronger message from candidates on what they will do to support young people into work.

20 May 2014

Location, Location, Location
When it comes to youth unemployment, location matters. The latest report in the Missing Million series, published last week identifies clear geographical disparities across the UK. Although nationally one in five young people are seeking work but unable to findare out of work, this headline figure masks the true extent of the problem within some towns, cities and regions.

Director of Policy and Campaigns-Impetus
17 April 2014

Latest labour market statistics provides a dose of good news all around.
Blog post from Geraint Johnes on latest labour statistics.

16 April 2014

New guidance for schools on careers guidance offers welcome blueprint, but schools will need dedicated funds to deliver
Katy Jones, a researcher within the socioeconomic centre, blogs on the latest careers guidance announced today by the Government.

11 April 2014

A strong economy isn’t enough to eradicate poverty
'Over the last few years we have seen the negative effects of recession on employment, pay and public services. But that doesn’t mean a return to growth will necessarily lead to lower poverty'. Blog details the key recommendations to tackle youth unemployment in London made by a report from The Work Foundation. The key points are as follows: reducing travel costs, better access to apprenticeships, traineeships and jobs and improving careers advice. Other aspects affecting youth unemployment;ethnicity, qualifications and geography are also discussed.

Programme Manager at Joseph Rowntree Foundation
08 April 2014

The Chancellor's full employment challenge
The Chancellor made an important announcement today committing the government to “Full Employment to Britain”. He said that there was no reason why the UK could not have the highest employment rate of the world’s leading economies and to have more people working than the G7 economies. This is a very welcome ambition.

31 March 2014

Youth unemployment policy 2.0
The first part of this blog argued that the Government’s efforts to date at tackling youth unemployment have largely been ineffective. This blog assesses recent announcements made by Nick Clegg (in a speech) and George Osborne (in the Budget) of new measures to address the crisis. Will ‘youth unemployment policy 2.0’ be more effective?

Nye Cominetti
24 March 2014

Youth unemployment policy, so far...
In the first of two blogs on youth unemployment, Nye Cominetti looks at the effectiveness of current Government policy in getting young people into work.

Nye Cominetti
18 March 2014

'Role model kettling' Britain’s youth
This week is National Apprenticeship Week. Ordinarily I’m not a fan of naming days or weeks after specific causes, however I can certainly see the need to raise the profile and understanding of the importance of apprenticeships – especially given the high levels of youth unemployment in the UK today.

Director of Policy and Campaigns Impetus- PEF
04 March 2014

Young people face a daunting array of career options
Young people today face a daunting array of options and possibilities where not only do they have to find something they want to do and have some aptitude for, but also think about the costs and whether it will lead to the career they want. Making sure they get the best possible advice in making a fully informed choice – and ensuring good quality non-academic options are also on the table – is essential.

Ian Brinkley
19 February 2014

Leading by example: boosting apprenticeships through the public sector
Katy Jones, author of The Work Foundation report, The Road Less Travelled? Improving the apprenticeship pathway for young people wrote the following article for the December issue of Public Sector Executive.

Katy Jones
14 February 2014

How can local skills strategies help low earners? The role of increasing employer demand for skills
Katy Jones, a researcher within the socio-economic programme at The Work Foundation, blogs on her and Paul Sissons' latest report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, How can local skills strategies help low earners?, in which they consider the relationship between employer demand for skills and low wage work, and the potential of local skills strategies to improve outcomes for low earners in England.

Katy Jones
11 February 2014

Let’s make 2014 the year we make NEETs history
The latest report from Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus – PEF) calls on the Government to take radical action in 2014 to make youth unemployment a thing of the past. Why 2014? It’s the year the millennium kids, those young people born in the year 2000 turn fourteen.

Rhian Johns, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Impetus-Private Equity Foundation
08 January 2014

Strong set of employment data, but problems remain
This morning’s (Wednesday 18 December) employment data from the ONS shows strong signs of recovery. In the three months to October unemployment was down by 99,000, overall employment up by 250,000 and economic inactivity down by 45,000 compared to the previous quarter.

Nye Cominetti
18 December 2013

Mind the Gender Gap
Yesterday we saw disappointing stats released by the ONS. After more than a decade of steady decline of the gender pay gap in the UK, it rose by 0.5% to 10% (as compared to 2012). More depressingly, when comparing mean hourly wage for full-time workers the calculations from TUC show that women earn approximately 15% less than men per hour.

Tiffany Tsang
13 December 2013

A tinkerer’s Autumn Statement
Charles Levy, a senior economist within the socioeconomic centre at The Work Foundation looks at how the Autumn Statement fits into the big picture

Charles Levy
05 December 2013

Abolishing employers’ National Insurance contributions for young people – a NICe election policy?
Ceri Hughes, a research assistant within the socioeconomic team at The Work Foundation writes about the announcement today to abolish employers' National Insurance contributions for u21s.

Ceri Hughes
05 December 2013

How do gender and ethnicity shape young people’s labour market experiences?
In response to the latest report written by The Work Foundation for The TUC, The Gender Split, Katy Jones looks into how gender and ethnicity shape young people’s labour market experiences.

Katy Jones
12 November 2013

All pathways lead to work
Rhian Johns, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation writes about our new report into apprenticeships.

Rhian Johns
07 November 2013

Apprenticeships and the youth labour market: gendered dimensions
Ahead of the launch of our report on 06 November 2012, Katy Jones looks at the gendered dimensions of apprenticeships and the youth labour market.

Katy Jones
06 November 2013

Youth Unemployment: Finding the recipe for success
There are almost a million young people not in education, work or training. Current crisis levels are in large part down to the recession and whilst we have seen welcome improvements in the labour market over the last few months they have had little impact on the youth labour market.

Lizzie Crowley
25 October 2013

How we get Britain’s youth working
Although, as you would expect, the policy announcements made at the three party conferences were very different, they did have one thing in common: How do we get our young people working? Both on the main conference floor and in the numerous fringe events, answers were sought on how to solve the ‘youth unemployment crisis’.

Rhian Johns, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Impetus-Private Equity Foundation
07 October 2013

Universal Credit’s monthly payments: A nudge towards employment?
Kate Summers, a research assistant at the centre for workforce effectiveness within The Work Foundation, looks at the latest research which suggests the decision to change the Universal Credit to monthly payments might instead have a negative impact on those who are most at need.

Kate Summers
02 October 2013

Eight recommendations on Help to Work
George Osborne’s announcement of the new ‘Help to Work’ scheme has been met with passionate responses from both its supporters and its detractors. Despite the flurry of interest, the idea behind the scheme is not particularly new. The government has been looking into this policy for some time- first under the guise of the Community Action Plan and more lately under the slightly more cumbersome name ‘Support for the Very Long Term Unemployed’ (or SVLTU to the policy nerds).

Jenny Gulliford
30 September 2013

Can unemployment fall for the wrong reasons? The exceptional experience of the US
Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation, responds to the latest unemployment figures in the US and asks whether the US might be usefully informed by lessons from the more successful European economies.

Ian Brinkley
19 September 2013

Has the economy turned a corner?
Ian Brinkley comments on the latest labour market statistics released today which should be cause for optimism but against the context of falling real wages and the rise of zero hours contracts, the story is a little more nuanced.

Ian Brinkley
11 September 2013

The Work Foundation at party conferences: Tackling youth unemployment
Long-term youth unemployment has been possibly the greatest tragedy of the UK labour market since the recession with the jobless rate for 16-24 year olds persistently above 20%. Despite positive signs in the labour market in general, the latest labour market statistics suggest young people are still being left out. But in fact, youth unemployment was rising even before the recession.

Dr Ben Reid
11 September 2013

No more NEETS!
It’s that time of year again, the start of the party conference season. For the second year running, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus – PEF) will be partnering with The Work Foundation and hosting fringe events at the three conferences.

Rhian Johns, Director of Policy & Campaigns Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation
10 September 2013

The missing million
Lizzie Crowley, senior researcher at The Work Foundation, writes a blog for the Policy Network on Youth Unemployment which we have reproduced here.

Lizzie Crowley
10 September 2013

English and maths: “the most important vocational skills a young person can have”?
Katy Jones, researcher within the socio-economic programme at The Work Foundation responds to the Department for Education's announcement that young people who fail to attain good grades (at least grade C) in their English and maths GCSEs will now be required to continue studying these subjects as they enter post-16 education.

Katy Jones
03 September 2013

Helping young people transition into work
Marcus Lee, head of resourcing and talent at Santander, explains how they have changed their recruitment process to ensure a more effective transition for young people from education into work.

Marcus Lee, Head of HR at Santander
15 August 2013

Whilst employment figures are improving, the youth unemployment situation worsens
Lizzie Crowley, senior researcher at The Work Foundation, looks at the data around youth unemployment and provides some context about what can be done to alleviate the persisting problem.

Lizzie Crowley
14 August 2013

Employers can do more to help the unemployed – but don’t blame migrants
Ian Brinkley writes on the Skills Minister's suggestion that firms to hire from their local community rather than take on migrants from overseas.

Ian Brinkley
30 July 2013

What’s the role for employers in tackling youth unemployment?
Rhian Johns looks at the role of employers in tackling youth unemployment.

Rhian Johns
05 July 2013

The complex NEET problem demands a tailored approach
With the release of the latest stats on young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), Katy Jones looks at some of the barriers, how long-term the problem really is and what can be done.

Katy Jones
24 May 2013

Underemployment among part-timers – how the UK compares internationally
Ian Brinkley writes on underemployment among part-timers in the UK economy.

Ian Brinkley
15 May 2013

Labour Day 2013
A reflection on the current state of the labour market given it's Labour Day today (1 May)

Ian Brinkley
01 May 2013

Employer engagement is key to a successful apprenticeship system, but we must not forget apprentices themselves
Over the past week, apprentices, business, unions, third sector organisations and government have come together to celebrate successes and highlight the value that apprenticeships can bring to individuals, employers and the economy. With the publication of the government’s response to last year’s Richard Review and the launch of their consultation on reforms going forward, it is vital that this interest and momentum is built upon as we figure out where to go from here.

Katy Jones
18 March 2013

Here’s looking at you, kids: An international perspective on youth unemployment
During an event held at The Work Foundation, Mr. Stefano Scarpetta, Deputy Director of Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs at the OECD, Ms Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment in Scotland & Ms Joanneke Balfoot, Head of Economics at the Dutch Embassy discussed youth unemployment in the global context.

Dan Wainwright
29 January 2013

Select committee warns of a “worrying deterioration” in careers guidance
Good careers advice and guidance is essential to help young people make important choices about how to navigate an increasingly complex labour market transition. However, a new report from the Education Select Committee highlights a “worrying deterioration” in careers guidance following changes brought in through the Education Act in 2011.

Katy Jones
25 January 2013

Transport Barriers to Youth Employment
In the first report from our Missing Million programme, we found that transport can present a significant barrier for young people in their search for work. Today (14 Dec) we release a new policy paper, “Transport Barriers to Youth Employment”, which digs a bit deeper into this issue.

By Katy Jones
14 December 2012

The Work Programme - is it too early to be deemed a failure?
Yesterday (27 November) was a big day for the Work Programme, with the Department for Work and Pensions releasing its first set of statistics on job outcomes.

Jenny Gulliford
28 November 2012

The task of young jobseekers-a worrying report from the JRF
A new report ‘A job in itself: the thankless task for young unemployed people looking for work’, published today ( 17 October) by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation provides a worrying account of the experiences of young jobseekers.

Katy Jones
17 October 2012

We'll need more engineers
Today ( Monday 1 October) the Royal Academy of Engineering launched a new report highlighting evidence that the demand for engineers exceeds supply. Supported by Big Innovation Centre research and analysis, they present a compelling evidence base.

Charles Levy
01 October 2012

Mind the gap - the scandal of school-to-work transition
Youth unemployment is at record levels and the truth is that this is not purely a result of the recession or austerity measures; in fact, youth unemployment has been rising since the early 2000s.

Rhian Johns, Policy & Communications Director Private Equity Foundation
25 September 2012

Antony Jenkins and Will Hutton move us a step closer to solving the youth unemployment challenge
The OpenIDEO Youth Unemployment Challenge has now been running for just shy of four months, and in that time we have seen over 22,000 visitors to the challenge from over 136 countries across the world collaborate in a bid to solve the following issue; how can we successfully equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work?

Annie Peate
24 September 2012

The UK’s productivity challenge
The new productivity statistics that came out this morning show the UK falling behind some other major economies. Between 2007 and 2011 there was no growth in productivity (measured by GDP per hour worked) in the UK. In contrast, productivity went up by 7 per cent in Japan, 6 per cent in the US, and 3 per cent in Canada.

Ian Brinkley
19 September 2012

Work & Pensions Committee report is a welcome challenge to government on youth unemployment
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee today released their report into the Youth Contract – the government’s flagship programme to address the problem of youth unemployment. They find that the Youth Contract is a good start – but nowhere near enough to tackle the problem.

Neil Lee
19 September 2012

Hot prospects for young people
High street franchises are making a strong impact in the world of skills. McDonald’s famously launched its foundation degree in 2010, and KFC recently unveiled a BA Hons ‘KFC degree’ delivered by De Montfort University. Employer-led qualifications are popular, not least because the business usually foots the bill. But how valuable are they for learners and the bottom line?

Dr Deirdre Hughes, Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
11 September 2012

Just how effective is mandatory work experience?
Earlier this week (6 Aug), Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson lost their appeal to have two government work experience schemes declared ‘slave labour’ as defined under the European Convention on Human Rights. But while it is almost certainly hyperbolic to compare a work experience scheme to slavery, it is only fair to ask whether mandatory work placements actually help people to secure a full-time sustainable job.

Jenny Gulliford
08 August 2012

The Missing Million: Ten Facts about Youth Unemployment
We’ve compiled 10 facts about youth unemployment in the UK that illuminate the scope of the problem. While unemployment amongst young people has been rising since the early 2000’s, it has now reached a point of crisis.

Brmie Balaram
24 July 2012

Move to speed up Youth Contract in troublespots is welcome but we need more for the long-term
Youth unemployment is one of the most important issues facing the UK, and it is highly spatially uneven – we’ve repeatedly warned about hotspots of youth unemployment. To address this, Nick Clegg will today announce extra help for young people in 20 youth unemployment troublespots. In places like Hartlepool, Birmingham and Middlesborough, the Youth Contract will be speeded up: eligibility will begin at 6 months rather than the usual 9.

Dr Neil Lee
27 June 2012

Why is the labour market doing so well in a recession?
Today’s labour market statistics were welcome news, but there may be a sting in the tail. Rising employment, falling unemployment and strong private sector job creation should always be welcomed, but it is surprising when the output numbers tell us we were entering a recession at exactly the same time.

Charles Levy
20 June 2012

Tackling the challenge of youth employability on OpenIDEO
Seventy-five million young people are unemployed globally and in the UK alone over one million 16 to 24 year-olds are looking for work. In order to explore this problem and begin to develop solutions to tackle it, Barclays and The Work Foundation sponsored a challenge on OpenIDEO.com.

Haiyan Zhang, Design Lead, OpenIDEO
19 June 2012

Short-term crisis, long-term problem?
Any period of unemployment while young can have a lasting negative impact on labour market experiences for a lifetime. But for the quarter of a million young people in the UK who have been out of work for more than a year the problem is even more serious. The longer a young person is out of work, education or training, the worse the long-term consequences for the individual and the economy.

Katy Jones
19 June 2012

Brain gain – the importance of our international student market
A public letter to the Prime Minister sent today and signed by 68 chancellors, governors and university presidents warns the government that its approach towards student visas is damaging the financial wellbeing of universities in the UK.

Laurence Hopkins
30 May 2012

Launching the OpenIDEO Challenge: Skills for young people
Today (28 May) Barclays, Ideo and The Work Foundation, will launch an exciting new web-based initiative to come up with some ideas. The OpenIDEO challenge will run for three months and will see thousands collaborating globally to address the challenge of ‘How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work’.

Annie Peate
28 May 2012

Cameron’s StartUp Loans are unlikely to create jobs or growth
David Cameron has today announced StartUp Loans, a £2,500 loan to help young people start their own business. Schemes like this aim to address economic problems (the double dip recession) and social ones (high youth unemployment) simultaneously.

Neil Lee
28 May 2012

Supply and demand for skills – the launch of the OECD Skills Strategy
The OECD is today (21 May) publishing its Skills Strategy following a UK launch last week at The Work Foundation. We welcome the analysis, in particular because of its attention to the need for both supply side and demand side measures.

Paul Sissons and Nye Cominetti
21 May 2012

The danger of a low wage, low security job trap
Today’s job market figures contain plenty of good news. But for all these positive signs, there are a couple of doubts hanging over these numbers.

Andrew Sissons
16 May 2012

“If at first you don’t succeed, you don’t succeed”
It is easy to assume that youth unemployment is merely another sign of recession Britain. Yet at yesterday’s launch of the Missing Million research programme with David Miliband at The Work Foundation, each of the four speakers pointed to a very different premise.

Rhian Johns, Private Equity Foundation
11 May 2012

1980s-style deregulation of the labour market will not help growth or jobs
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill outlined in the Queen’s Speech includes some welcome labour market measures, such as support for more family friendly employment.

Ian Brinkley
09 May 2012

The Budget will do little to help the crisis of youth unemployment
The Budget had little to say on youth unemployment. Part of this was because of theYouth Contract – going live at the start of April. Yet, as our Missing Million research programme argues, youth unemployment is a serious crisis for the UK. Given the scale of the problem it is surprising that new money wasn’t found.

Neil Lee
21 March 2012

What will it take for Tech City to hire locally?
Much has been made of “Tech City”, the growing hub of high-tech firms clustered around Old Street in East London. Three months ago Prime Minister David Cameron applauded the growth of more than 600 technology firms in the area, and the opportunities these could provide. While Tech City is undoubtedly a driver of urban regeneration in Hackney, what exactly does this mean for local residents, and in particular, what does this mean for youth?

Brhmie Balaram
08 March 2012

‘Job snob’ rhetoric is muddying the debate about work experience
There has been a huge amount of debate (and confusion) about the Work Experience placements offered to unemployed 16-24 year olds through the government’s Get Britain Working initiative

Lizzie Crowley and Dr Paul Sissons
24 February 2012

A NEET solution?
Yesterday Nick Clegg announced further details of the NEET prevention strand of the Youth Contract. The £126 million scheme, which will be in England only, will focus on those 16 and 17 year olds with poor qualifications (without a GCSE at grade C or above) who are outside education, employment and training.

Dr Paul Sissons
22 February 2012

How many people are really available for work?
Yesterday’s unemployment figures made grim reading with 2.7 million unemployed on the international standardised measure used by the International Labour Office (ILO). This includes all those who said they had looked for work in the past 4 weeks and were able to start a job in 2 weeks time.

Ian Brinkley
16 February 2012

Pathways to Work? A recap of our roundtable discussion on school to work transitions
Tuesday’s (07 February) roundtable discussion on school to work transitions, held at The Work Foundation, marked the start of our new research consortium for ‘The Missing Million’, a two year solution focused project aimed at increasing the employment prospects for young people.

Brhmie Balaram
09 February 2012

Does vocational education need a haircut?
Today’s downgrading of many vocational qualifications, removing them from school league tables, should not mask the fact many of them provide real value to students, employers and the wider economy.

Spencer Thompson
31 January 2012

One billion to tackle youth unemployment
As youth unemployment hits a record high the government today has announced a welcome package of support to help get young people into work or training. Over the next three years the Youth Contract aims to provide jobs and training for at least 410,000 18-24 year olds.

Lizzie Crowley
25 November 2011

Good Work or Any Work? Is Good Work a viable concept in the current economic environment?
The argument in favour of getting any kind of job is often framed in terms of progression. That once on the jobs ladder, people develop and improve their capabilities and this is rewarded through higher pay

Vicky Pryce
22 November 2011

With the jobless total over 2.5m, why should we worry whether work is ‘good’ work?
Since the publication in July of our Good Work Commission report ‘Good Work and Our Times’, the issue of business ethics, corporate responsibility and ‘good’ capitalism has been high on the agenda.

Steven Bevan
08 November 2011

The Missing Million: An apprentice’s perspective
On Wednesday, 5 October The Work Foundation hosted an event to discuss the youth employment challenge currently facing the UK, the findings of which will directly shape our new research project, 'The Missing Million’ which begins next year...

Alice Holland
18 October 2011

What to do about youth unemployment?
Yesterday’s job numbers were grim. Young people, in particular, are having a tough time of it. Unemployment amongst 16 – 24 year olds is likely to hit a million soon. And an overlooked aspect of the numbers was the rise in young people who are long-term unemployed – an increase of 53,000 on the last quarter.

Neil Lee
13 October 2011

The youth unemployment problem
The events of the past few days in London and other cities has brought (a small minority of) the nation’s young people into sharp focus. The reasons for the riots are multifaceted and complex and they are the subject of fervent debate among media commentators and academics. Two of the reasons offered relate to the labour market – increasing income inequality and rising youth unemployment. It is the second of these I want to comment briefly on.

Dr Paul Sissons
10 August 2011

Is the recovery bypassing the young?
As Ian Brinkley commented this morning, today’s employment figures are positive – full-time private sector jobs are growing, a prerequisite for recovery.

Charles Levy
15 June 2011

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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Liverpool Echo
10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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10 April 2014

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09 April 2014

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Angelo Evangelou
08 April 2014

Budget 2014: Measures on investment and productivity poorly targeted
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Angelo Evangelou
19 March 2014

Positive NEET statistics disguise the real labour market challenges young people continue to face
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Angelo Evangelou
27 February 2014

Labour market continues to grow but insecurity remains at the margins
“Today’s statistics from the ONS show the labour market is continuing to recover strongly. Full-time employment is increasing quickly and unemployment is falling. However, the data also highlights just how tough the labour market is at the margins as the cost of living continues to rise with real wages continuing to fall.

Angelo Evangelou
19 February 2014

Jobs rich and productivity poor recovery may not be sustainable
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation comments on today's GDP figures.

Ann Kharbanda
28 January 2014

Recovery in labour market yet to translate to wage rises and improved productivity
''Although the labour market recovery is welcome news, we urgently need to see this translate into rising wages and productivity.” Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation comments on today's labour market statistics.

Anna Kharbanda
22 January 2014

Encouraging signs for labour market, especially young people
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Anna Kharbanda
18 December 2013

Chancellor misses opportunity to tackle youth unemployment
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Angelo Evangelou
05 December 2013

James Watts, Vice President of Human Resources, KFC UK and Ireland, Yum! Restaurants International
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11 September 2013

Jobs growth but youth unemployment still high
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director at The Work Foundation, said:

Ian Brinkley
14 August 2013

Rising underemployment reflects hidden weakness of UK economy
Underemployment is a serious concern that is getting worse despite improvements in the labour market overall, with one in ten workers now in this position.

Andrew Sissons
28 November 2012

Deepening economic slump threatens job market recovery
Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation said: “These figures suggest the recent good news on jobs will be short-lived and we can expect unemployment to start to rise again. The government needs a credible plan to give the private sector the confidence to invest and innovate."

Ian Brinkley
25 July 2012

Surprisingly positive numbers as labour market recovery gathers pace
These are welcome but baffling figures. The economy is in recession, public sector jobs are still being shed, and yet some private sector employers are clearly hiring in large numbers.

Ian Brinkley
18 July 2012

Labour market improves but unlikely to be sustained without growth
We should welcome today’s good news that conditions in the labour market are improving. Comparing the three months to April with the previous three months, employment increased by 166,000 and unemployment fell by 51,000.

Andrew Sissons and Charles Levy
20 June 2012

Government’s fragmented approach not enough to tackle crisis of long-term youth unemployment
Ahead of this month’s employment figures, a report published tomorrow (19 June) by The Work Foundation warns that the government’s response to the youth unemployment crisis is insufficient and fragmented, with responsibilities split across departments and a lack of coordination at a national level.

Tom Phillips
19 June 2012

Rising numbers of young people being shut out of first jobs – but causes pre-date recession
A report published by The Work Foundation and Private Equity Foundation reveals that the past decade has seen a major rise in young people aged 16 – 24 who are either unable, or taking longer, to make the first move from education into work.

Tom Phillips
23 May 2012

Job figures show return of business confidence but underemployment continues to rise
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley said 'These are surprising but very welcome figures. Claims that further deregulation of the labour market is needed to stimulate job generation look to be unjustified.'

Ian Brinkley
16 May 2012

Fall in unemployment masking risk of ‘part-time recovery’
The slight drop in unemployment is an encouraging sign after many months of turmoil in the labour market.

Andrew Sissons
18 April 2012

Drop in full-time work suggests business confidence still low
There are very few signs of the job market picking up in the new year, despite hopes that the economy has turned a corner.

Andrew Sissons
14 March 2012

Manufacturing decline worrying but too early to call a double-dip recession
Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Andrew Sissons, Researcher at The Work Foundation, said: 'This fall in GDP is disappointing, and it shows that the global economic slowdown is starting to bite in the UK.'

Andrew Sissons
25 January 2012

Failure to fully tap into workforce skills is holding back UK productivity
In the wake of the Chancellor’s plans to make the skills system more responsive to employers, a report published tomorrow (January 10) by The Work Foundation argues that skills shortages are only part of the problem.

10 January 2012

Unemployment higher than at any point during recession as private sector recovery stalls
The labour market is on a dangerous trajectory, as today’s numbers confirm that our private sector recovery has stalled.

14 December 2011

The Guardian cites our research on NEETs in an article on youth coaching schemes
Could a coaching scheme that reduced the number of 'Neets' in east London become a national success story?

The Guardian
13 December 2011

Unemployment likely to be higher and last for longer than Autumn Statement assumes
Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation, said: “The Chancellor has signalled some of the right long-term priorities – investment in infrastructure, support for enterprise and more help for young people.

The Work Foundation
29 November 2011

BBC News covers our report on NEETs

BBC News
04 November 2011

The Guardian covers our report on NEETs

The Guardian
04 November 2011

Huffington Post covers our report on NEETs

The Huffington Post
04 November 2011

Daily Mail covers our report on NEETs

Daily Mail
04 November 2011

Report reveals blackspots for young people not in education, employment or training across Great Britain
A report published tomorrow (4 November) by The Work Foundation and Private Equity Foundation has uncovered ten blackspots for youth disengagement - cities where between one in five and one in four young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Tom Phillips
04 November 2011

UK is far from out of the economic danger zone
Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Andrew Sissons, researcher at The Work Foundation, said: “Growth of 0.5% is an unexpected piece of goods news for the economy. It is particularly encouraging to see growth in business services, which will be key to the recovery, although growth in the production sector of the economy remains relatively slow.

akharbanda@theworkfoundation.com
01 November 2011

Labour market figures show UK is moving back into recession
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, centre director at The Work Foundation, said: “The labour market figures released this morning are very troubling. The fall in employment of 180,000 in a single quarter is comparable to the quarterly losses seen during the depths of the last recession. “Unemployment among young people between the ages of 18 and 24 is increasing twice as fast as for the workforce as a whole and there has been a dramatic increase in long-term (>12 months) youth unemployment.

12 October 2011

Young people hit hardest as faltering economy impacts on labour market
The government must back five key areas to secure jobs growth Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Andrew Sissons, researcher at the Big Innovation Centre, based at The Work Foundation, said: “The labour market has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. With the economy barely growing over the last year, it was only a matter of time before we began to see a serious rise in unemployment. The private sector is not creating new jobs quickly enough to replace those being lost in the public sector. Young people have borne the brunt of this pain as they often lack the skills and experience to compete in what is an increasingly tough labour market.

Tom Phillips
14 September 2011

The Sunday Telegraph reports on our research on future jobs

The Sunday Telegraph
10 September 2011

Unemployment set to rise as jobs recovery comes to a halt
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, centre director at The Work Foundation, said: “The labour market recovery has come to a shuddering halt. The few new jobs created were largely temporary, and with so few new full-time jobs on offer, there was a big jump in the number of people forced to take part-time work. Even more worryingly, the rise in unemployment measured by the ILO definition was concentrated among some younger age groups. With few signs that the recovery will significantly gather pace over the next six months, the prospects must be for higher unemployment by the end of the year.”

Ian Brinkley
17 August 2011

Full- time jobs recovery suggests economy stronger than previously thought
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, centre director at The Work Foundation, said:

Ian Brinkley
18 May 2011

Boost to full-time employment welcome but young people and over 50s continue to suffer
Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director of socio-economic programmes at The Work Foundation, said...

Ian Brinkley
13 April 2011

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics
Bleak prospects for young people as unemployment rises

Ian Brinkley
16 March 2011

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics
Government intervention essential to curb jobs crisis for young people.

Nasreen Memon
16 February 2011