Figures released by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the trade body for the welfare to work industry, show that 321,000 long term unemployed jobseekers have now found a job on the Work Programme.
ERSA’s Work Programme Performance Report provides the most up to date statistics on Work Programme performance in the public domain. Of the 1.2 million long term unemployed referred to the Programme by the end of March 2013, 321,000 people had entered work, compared to the 207,000 at the end of September 2012. This shows that the Work Programme is contributing to the drop in unemployment reported in the latest Office of National Statistics figures.
Other key findings from ERSA’s analysis of Job Start data include:
The Performance Report figures also show it is taking longer to help jobseekers on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) into work, with about 15 per cent of those who have been on the programme having found employment so far. This is lower than for participants on Jobseekers Allowance and a direct reflection of the challenges people with disabilities and health related conditions face in the labour market overall.
The ERSA figures, collected from across all 18 prime contractors of the Work Programme, are for ‘Job Start’ data, people starting a job while on the programme. This compares to official government statistics which relate, in most cases, to people who have been in work for at least six months.
Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of ERSA said:
“These figures are a clear illustration that the Work Programme is performing for the long term unemployed. Put simply, the longer jobseekers are on the programme, the more likely they are to find a job. Results for young people are particularly encouraging, with nearly half of those on the Work Programme for at least a year entering work.
“Despite the success in helping 321,000 long term unemployed into work, it is taking longer to help those on Employment and Support Allowance into employment. This is inevitable given that many have been out of work for many years and have complex health and skills needs.”
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