More than 500,000 women need support to find work

Wednesday 18 January 2017

More than 500,000 young women still need support to find work, says Young Women’s Trust

YWTCommenting on data from the Office for National Statistics, released today, which shows that a record number of women are in employment but youth unemployment remains far higher than average levels, Dr Carole Easton OBE, Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust, said:

“Young Women’s Trust welcomes the fact that there is a record number of women in work. This is progress we should rightly be pleased about. But too many young women remain shut out of the jobs market.

“More than 500,000 young women are workless, despite the vast majority wanting jobs. 227,000 young women are unemployed and a further 355,000 young women – 80,000 more than men – are categorised as “economically inactive” and not in education or training. Young Women’s Trust has found they are not given the support they need to find work.

“There can be no complacency. Giving young people the right skills and support to find work, and ensuring decent, flexible jobs are available and accessible, will help them become financially independent. This would benefit businesses and the economy too.”

Notes to editor

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 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
  3. The unemployment rate among those aged 16-17 is 26 per cent (24 per cent for women) and among those aged 18-24 it is 11 per cent (nine per cent for women). For those aged 25-49 it is 3.4 per cent (3.2 per cent for women) and for the 50-64 bracket it is 3.3 per cent (3.6 per cent for women).
  4. The data shows that a record 69.9 per cent of women are in work but 227,000 women aged 16-24 are unemployed and a further 355,000 are economically inactive and not in employment, education or training (NEET). This compares to 279,000 men aged 16-24 who are economically inactive and NEET – 76,000 fewer than there are women.
  5. “Economically inactive” women do not count as “unemployed” because they are unable to start work straight away – often due to childcare.
  6. Young Women’s Trust released a report looking into the reasons behind young women’s economic inactivity on 30 November 2016. The research shows that a third of these women want to work now and 86 per cent at some point in the future but they are not given the support they need. The report is available here

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