Economic Inactivity

Throughout 2016 and 2017, with the support of Barrow Cadbury Trust, Young Women’s Trust are carrying out research into the third of a million young women who are economically inactive (EI). 

Read the findings from the first year of our research in our new report and summary

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According 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.

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Our research will uncover the reasons why so many young women are EI, allow EI young women to tell their stories, and recommend new ways to support EI young women into work.

In 2016 we have:

  • Carried out a review of the existing research about young women’s economic inactivity.
  • Interviewed national experts on equalities and youth employment
  • Commissioned analysis of the Labour Force Survey to understand more about young women who are NEET and economically inactive.
  • Visited Norfolk, Manchester, Hull, Birmingham and Kent to find out about the support available to young EI women in those areas 

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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 for their ongoing support. 

In 2017 we will be:

  • Analysing further data to understand how young women become EI
  • Interviewing young women who are EI
  • Bringing policymakers and young women together to decide what support EI young women want and need to work

Get in touch if…

  • you are a woman aged 16-24 and think you fall into the ‘economically inactive category
  • you would like to work with us over the course of 2017 to reach young women and allow them to tell us their stories
  • you want to find out more about being economically inactive and what it means for young women
  • you want to help us change policy and practice to make life better for EI young women.

Emma Mckay, Research Manager at Young Women’s Trust emma.mckay@youngwomenstrust.org / 020 7600 7451

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