23k more young women unemployed, says YWT

Thursday 1 March 2018

23k more young women unemployed, says Young Women’s Trust 

YWTData released today by the Office for National Statistics shows that:

  • 23,000 more young women were unemployed and not in education or training in October-December 2017 than in the previous quarter;
  • in total, 385,000 women aged 16-24 were not in employment, education or training (this includes economically inactive women as well as those that are unemployed);
  • among young people as a whole, the number not in employment, education or training rose by 5,000 on the previous quarter.

Commenting, Young Women’s Trust’s chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“23,000 more young women are now unemployed – a dramatic increase on the last quarter. In total, there are now 385,000 young women who are out of work, education and training. The Government must act to give young people the support they need. 

“Young women are telling us they want to work but hundreds of thousands are getting shut out of the jobs market, including by employer discrimination, low pay and unaffordable childcare. 

“Much more needs to be done to improve young people’s prospects. This means giving them the right skills and support to find jobs, ensuring decent and flexible jobs are available, and extending the National Living Wage to under-25s, so they are paid the same amount for the same work. This will not only help them to become financially independent but will benefit businesses and the economy too.” 


Notes to editor: 

  1. The Office for National Statistics today published data on ‘Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)’, for the period from October to December 2017: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment/bulletins/youngpeoplenotineducationemploymentortrainingneet/march2018 .
  2. 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.
  3. For more information or to speak to a young woman who is affected, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org.