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– Sir Etherington calls for the Future Jobs Fund to be re-launched

Findings from the latest Labour Force Survey, showing a decline in voluntary sector employment, have prompted Sir Stuart Etherington to call on the government to relaunch the Future Jobs Fund. This was reported on by  who have cited the following statistics regarding the voluntary sector from the Labour Force Survey:

  • Voluntary sector employment has dropped by 5 per cent over the past twelve months.
  • 38,000 paid employees have exited the sector since the second quarter of 2010.
  • Following a ‘flatline’ during the end of 2010 when the survey recorded approximately 793,000 paid employees for quarters three and four, the sector has now seen two consecutive quarters of decline resulting in a new tally of 768,000 people.

 Work patterns and pay:

  • The number of part-time workers has increased from 13,000 to 302,000 over the past three months.
  • The average hourly earnings have dropped by 7 per cent from £10.87 to £10.14.

In response to these survey results, Sir Etherington told Civil Society,

“Now seems an excellent time for government to rethink programmes such as the Future Jobs Fund so that we can help those looking for work and meet the challenges faced by wider society,”

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Website: Civil Society Media


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