Employment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th July 2022.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the number of unemployed Universal Credit and Job Seeker's Allowance claimants who moved into work between 31 January and 26 June 2022 (a) in total and (b) through the Way to Work campaign.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's press release entitled Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months, dated 30 June 2022, if she will publish the analysis her Department used to determine that it had delivered on its target to get 500,000 more people into work in less than six months.

Photo of Julie Marson Julie Marson Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

On 26 January 2022, the Government launched the Way to Work campaign to move 500,000 job-ready claimants into work by the end of June 2022. Using the strength of the jobs market and building on the success of Kickstart, the campaign saw us working closely with employers to help claimants into jobs quicker, whilst strengthening our core support for jobseekers.

Due to the nature of the campaign, the total number of unemployed Universal Credit and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants who moved into work during the campaign period is the same as the number who moved into work through the Way to Work campaign.

As of 25 July, we estimate that 523,500 unemployed Universal Credit claimants and JSA claimants have moved into work during the Way to Work Campaign between 31 January and 26 June 2022.

This total figure is composed of our into work measure to 26 June for Universal Credit claimants (484,300) and the equivalent information for JSA claimants (39,200). We have included those claimants with a sanction in place that moved into work during the period of the campaign up to 26 June (25,600). Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics but is provided in the interests of transparency and timeliness.

A description of the data used to show that it had achieved this target has been published previously – most recently in the following response found here.

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