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  • Labour market Live

    • Unemployment is 1,852,000, down 1,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline up 25,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.6%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter.
    • The number of claimant unemployed is 792,400, down -4,900 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%.
    • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,072,000, down -51,000 on the quarter, representing 14.8% of the youth population (down -0.7 percentage points).
    • Youth unemployment (including students) is 738,000, up 3,000 on the quarter.
    • There are 2.5 unemployed people per vacancy.
    • The employment rate is 73.4%…

    Islington council to help disabled into work with new scheme

    Islington council to help disabled into work with new scheme – Education – Islington Gazette

    Big Lottery Fund opens £45m grant fund to support organisations for women and girls

    Big Lottery Fund opens £45m grant fund to support organisations for…

    Labour Market Live

    • Unemployment is 1,827,000, down 11,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 35,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.5%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter.
    • The number of claimant unemployed is 763,800, down 12,600 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%.
    • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,123,000, down 25,000 on the quarter, representing 15.4% of the youth population (down 0.3 percentage points).
    • Youth unemployment (including students) is 735,000, down 5,000 on the quarter.
    • There are 2.5 unemployed people per vacancy.
    • The employment rate is 73.5%…

    Up to 220,000 care workers paid less than minimum wage, figures show

    Shadow social care minister Liz Kendall writes in the Guardian that care workers are subject to ‘one of Britain’s largest illegal wage scandals’

    More than half the care providers investigated by HMRC are not paying staff the minimum wage, it has been revealed. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

    Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent

    More than half the care companies investigated by customs officials are paying their workers less than the minimum wage, according to figures unearthed by the shadow social care minister, Liz Kendall.

    In a joint Guardian article with Unison union’s general secretary,…

    Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency

    Generous welfare systems do not create a culture of dependency and actually make people more keen to work, a major Europe-wide study has found.

    The research released by the British Sociological Association comes as all major parties indicate they want to reduce spending on benefits.

    Survey responses from 19,000 people in 18 European countries, including the UK, indicated that the sums spent on welfare had a positive impact on people’s desire to find work.

    Sociologists Dr Kjetil van der Wel and Dr Knut Halvorsen examined responses to the statement “I would enjoy having a paid job even if I did not need…

    What do employers want?

    As the job market slowly appears to be improving for young people and we enter the key recruitment period that follows the glut of fresh graduates and labour market churn, many twenty-something’s thoughts will be turning to how to get that first post-uni job, how to move into a permanent position, or even for a change of direction after seizing that first far-from-ideal chance.

    The good news is that the final quarter of this year could be a good one, with an anticipated rise in the number of vacancies. In August the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) published the latest…

    Work Programme and The Budget

    Work Programme performance figures

    Official Work Programme Figures released today show that just over 400,000 people have found lasting work of at least 6 months on the Work Programme and more than 150,000 have stayed in a job for at least 18 months. The DWP press release can be found here, which notes the ERSA Job Start figures. ERSA’s statement can be found here.

    The Budget

    Yesterday the Chancellor, George Osborne delivered his final budget of the parliament. He described it as a ‘truly national budget’. He opened by stating that the latest OBR report showed that the UK economy was growing faster than…

    Inclusion comment on the recent labour market figures published on the 18th February

    The labour market figures published on 18 February suggest that a degree of renewed momentum has returned to the labour market following the slowdown we have noted in previous months.

    Duncan Melville, Chief Economist at Inclusion, commented:

    “Employment is up by 103,000 in the three months to October to December 2014, higher than the average quarterly increase seen over the previous six months. The employment rate (the proportion of people of working age in employment) has risen to equal the highest figure since records began in 1971, albeit part of the…

    The Scottish Bill

    Following today’s publication, the UK Government will undertake an engagement programme across Scotland to ensure that people have the opportunity to contribute their views as work continues to prepare the draft legislation for introduction in Parliament. The following points are of particular interest to the sector:

     

    Overview of employment support

    • The Scottish Parliament will have all powers over support for unemployed people through the employment programmes currently contracted by DWP (which are presently delivered mainly, but not exclusively, through the Work Programme and Work Choice) on expiry of the current commercial arrangements. The Scottish Parliament will have the power to decide…
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