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Labour Market Update

Department for Work and Pensions written statement – made on 30th September 2019.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Latest data released in September shows UK employment has increased by 3.7 million since 2010. Around three-quarters of that increase in employment has come from full-time, permanent and higher skilled roles. Youth unemployment has also halved since 2010, meaning more young people are in work and the number of children growing up in in workless households is at an all-time low.

It is important that we continue to build on this progress so I am introducing a £4 million package, including two new initiatives, to help disadvantaged young people into work and use mobile technology to help jobseekers into higher paid jobs.

Additional funding of up to £1.2 million will provide extra support in Manchester and the West Midlands, ensuring extra time and resources for young people facing the biggest hurdles to getting a job, like care-leavers and young offenders.

Since 2018 the Department for Work and Pensions has worked with the West Midlands Combined Authority to develop the Youth Employability Coaches concept (previously known as Progression Coaches). Following this successful pilot, we will be expanding the Programme to other parts of the West Midlands and Greater Manchester area to reach more disadvantaged young people. Youth Employability Coaches will continue to support young people for up to 6 weeks after they start a job, helping them continue to build skills and stay in employment.

A new data service will also be piloted, initially in Manchester, with up to £2.8 million funding. Using the latest data-analysis technology, this service will gather a range of skills and labour market data from a variety of public and commercial sources.

It will provide local areas with high quality and real time information on skills supply and demand. Additionally, jobseekers or those seeking to progress in work will be able to search for roles based on their skills and experience. The pilot service will show them what new skills they need to move into higher-paid roles available near them. By providing more tailored local labour market intelligence we can help individuals find jobs, back businesses, grow our economy and help people reach their full potential.

Both pilots have the potential to be rolled out nationally, helping reduce youth unemployment even further after it fell 48% since 2010, and helping more people boost their earnings.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1799