Employment and Skills

DWP releases Work Programme figures

DWP releases Work Programme figures

Today the Department for Work and Pensions published the first statistical analysis of early entrants of the Work Programme.  

The figures show that the Work Programme had a positive affect on on those signed up to the programme.  Of the 28,600 people who signed up in June 2011, nearly half 48% (13,800) had a break in their benefit claim since joining the Programme.  25% of those involved where off benefits at the end of the 36 week tracking period.

Commenting on the figures ERSA Chief Executive Kirsty McHugh said:

“The truth is that the welfare to work industry is pulling out all the stops to help jobseekers into employment despite the challenging economic backdrop.  These figures echo ERSA’s own which show that nearly one in four jobseekers who have been on the programme for at least six months have entered work.  However, the economic backdrop remains worrying as a lack of confidence by employers will delay recruitment decisions.” 

To see the full report please see here 



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