Department for Work and Pensions: Unpaid Work

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure and Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of her Department have undertaken unpaid work periods in each financial year since 2010; and what the average length of an unpaid work period in her Department is.

Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure and Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of her Department based in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency have undertaken unpaid work periods in each financial year since 2010; and what the average length of those unpaid work periods was.

Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure and Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have undertaken unpaid work periods within her Department since 2010 and have not subsequently been offered a full-time work position.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Below is a breakdown by financial year showing the number of unemployed people who have undertaken unpaid work experience in DWP since 2011 (these are not classed as employees). We do not hold data prior to 2011. Placements are usually expected to last between 4-6 weeks but can be less or more - with a maximum of 8 weeks.

  • 2011-2012 = 834
  • 2012-2013 = 1077
  • 2013-2014 = 4066
  • 2014-2015 = 7356
  • 2015-2016 = 7428
  • 2016-2017 = 4344
  • 2017-2018 (to end of Jan 2018) = 2671

Below is a breakdown by financial year showing the number of unemployed people In Kilmarnock who have undertaken an unpaid work experience in DWP since 2011 (these are not classed as employees) . We do not hold data prior to 2011. Placements are usually expected to last between 4-6 weeks but can be less or more - with a maximum of 8 weeks.

  • 2011-2012 = 4
  • 2012-2013 = 2
  • 2013-2014 = 0
  • 2014-2015 = 8
  • 2015-2016 = 17
  • 2016-2017 = 13
  • 2017-2018 (to end of Jan 18) = 11

We do not hold data on the number of people who have subsequently secured employment with DWP following the work experience placement.

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