The first of an annual series, the ‘Youth Jobs Index’ published by Impetus-PEF shows that young people are spending more time NEET than the government statistics suggest. As well as the 1.3 million young people spending 6 months NEET, the research reveals 700,000 (10%) young people are spending a whole year out of education, employment and training.

Kirsty McHugh, ERSA Chief Executive, said:

“Some young people, especially the most qualified, are faring better in the labour market as the economy has grown. What the Youth Jobs Index shows is that there is a sizable number of young people who are getting left behind – they need access to skilled, specialist support to get them into training or work, and to ensure they stay in the labour market long-term.”