Employment statistics response: tackle in-work poverty

Tuesday 13 August 2019

YWT logoResponding to Office for National Statistics data on the state of the UK labour market Young Women’s Trust’s director of campaigns and communications Joe Levenson said:

“We welcome record levels of employment amongst women, but with almost half a million young women remaining out of work we hope the Government will give a greater focus to supporting them.

“Working women need more support too. For them, the gender pay gap persists, in-work poverty is the reality for many and zero-hour contracts are on the rise, meaning many are still struggling to make ends meet.

“This is compounded for young women by the fact that under-25s are not entitled to the Government’s national “living wage”, meaning they can be paid less for the same work, despite having the same cost of living.

“To help young women become financially independent the Government should make it mandatory for organisations with a gender pay gap to publish plans to close it and extend the national “living wage” to under-25s.”


Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. The Office for National Statistics today published UK labour market data for the period from April 2019 to June 2019. In total (combining those that are economically inactive and those that are unemployed – but not in full-time education) 461,473 women aged 16-24 were out of work in the last quarter.
  3. Young Women’s Trust released a report looking into the reasons behind young women’s economic inactivity in November 2017. The research shows that a third of economically inactive women want to work now and 86 per cent at some point in the future but they are not given the support they need.
  4. For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 020 7837 2019 or bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org.