Economic Inactivity

Throughout 2016 and 2017, with the support of Barrow Cadbury Trust and Sir Halley Stewart Trust, Young Women’s Trust carried out research into young women who are economically inactive (EI). 

Read our final report and report summary here:

Young Female Forgotten 2017

Read our 2016 report and report summary here:

Young Female Forgotten 2016

EA EIAccording to the official definition, economic inactivity refers to people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), not actively seeking work within the last 4 weeks and unavailable for work within the next 2 weeks. In April-June 2016, 274,000 young women aged 16-24 in the UK were considered economically inactive, compared to 179,000 young men.

Led by Professor Sue Maguire, we have analysed data, spoken to policymakers and service providers, as well as young women to uncover the reasons why so many young women are EI, to allow EI young women to tell their stories, and to recommend new ways to support EI young women into work. 

We’re grateful to everyone who has given their time and expertise to us through interviews and informal conversations; also to the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Sir Halley Stewart Trust for their ongoing support.