More than 1/4 million young women not getting support

Thursday 23 February 2017

More than a quarter of a million young women are not getting the support they need to find work, says Young Women’s Trust

YWTCommenting on figures released today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics that show that of the 407,000 young women who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), 286,000 (70 per cent) are economically inactive (not able to look for work or start work immediately) – a figure that has not changed in the last quarter – Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

“Young Women’s Trust is pleased to see that unemployment among young women is falling.

“However, while the government is rightly working to reduce unemployment, it must not forget the quarter of a million young women who are classed as ‘economically inactive’ and often wrongly assumed to not want jobs. These women are shut out of the labour market because they are not able to start work immediately for reasons like a lack of convenient childcare. They are not given adequate government support to find jobs, despite many wanting to work.

Young Women’s Trust research shows that one in three of these young women wants to work now and 86 per cent in the future. Giving these young women the support they need to find work will not only help them to become financially independent but will 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 data on young people who were not in education, employment or training between October and December 2016 (NEET):
  3. The data shows that 286,000 young women are NEET and economically inactive, compared to 196,000 young men – a difference of 90,000.
  4. “Economically inactive” refers to people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) but are not 'actively seeking work'. Because this group have not been looking for work in the last month and are not able to start working within two weeks, they get missed out of the unemployment statistics. Young Women’s Trust’s analysis of the ONS Labour Force Survey covering January to March 2016 found that the most common reason for women’s economic inactivity is caring for a family member.
  5. 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
  6. For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at or on 07963018281.