Work Programme official statistics on referrals, attachments, job outcome payments and sustainment payments.
The Work Programme was launched throughout Great Britain in June 2011 and is part of a number of welfare to work reforms aimed at getting unemployed people into sustained work.
The Work programme uses private and public companies, called providers, to find work for claimants transferred to them from Jobcentre Plus at specified points in their claim. The providers are primarily paid for defined outcomes related to sustained employment.
The Employment programme support official statistics page includes more information about the Work Programme and Pre-Work Programme, how they fit together and details of future release dates for official statistics.
Work Programme official statistics
Releases of Work Programme official statistics are aligned to financial years, with publications in September, December, March and June, published within 3 months of the reporting period. The most recent official statistics on Work Programme released on 19 December 2013 include figures to the end of September 2013.
The latest Work Programme statistical summary to September 2013 gives a structured overview of Work Programme official Statistics.
Alongside the statistical summary, which gives a structured overview of Work Programme official statistics, there are a large number of tables and animated charts which enable you get more detail on Work Programme referrals, attachments, job outcome payments and sustainment payments. These are provided via:
- The DWP Tabulation Tool – an interactive tool to produce bespoke breakdowns from thousands of possible tabulations
- Data visualisation tool – uses Google Public Data Explorer and Google Charts to visualise the figures, includes tracking of monthly cohort of referrals over time via animated charts
A background information note provides supplementary context and information on the processes involved in developing and releasing the official statistics including information on the quality, revisions and known issues.
The December 2013 release contains an amendment to the methodology to combine claimant benefit spells. This change, which identifies and combines previously unassigned benefit spells, decreases the percentage across all off benefit statistics by approximately 2 percentage points.
Main points from the latest release
By monthly intakes of referrals
Overall the proportion of Job Outcome payments attained at the 12 month stage has increased steadily for monthly intakes since the start of the Programme, although for the most recent intakes this has seen a slight fall. By the 12 month stage 11.7% of the September 2012 intake had attained a Job Outcome. This was 8.4% for June 2011 intake and 13.0 % for June 2012.
Intakes since September 2012 have on average 3 times the proportion individuals expected to require more assistance to find and stay in sustainable employment.
The earliest intakes continue to attain Job Outcome payments the longer they spend on the Programme. By the 24 month stage around 22% of each intake (June 2011 to September 2011) had achieved a Job Outcome payment.
Whilst the proportion of Job Outcome payments attained by monthly Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) intakes at the 12 month stage remain above those of the early Programme intakes, more recent intakes have seen a slight fall. Levels are currently around 3 times higher than new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) intake which have remained stable at around 1 in 25.
By all referrals from 1 June 2011 to 30 September 2013
1.41 million individuals have been Referred to the Work Programme. Around 1 in 6 of all Referrals who had spent sufficient time on the programme to do so, achieved a Job Outcome payment, with 208 thousand payments overall.
Two thirds of those were still in employment at the end of September 2013.
1.39 million Sustainment payments were made to providers for 188 thousand individual participants. To date almost 22 thousand claimants have stayed in sustained employment long enough to qualify for the maximum number of Sustainment payments possible on the scheme.
To date 219 thousand individuals have returned to Jobcentre Plus after completing 104 weeks on the scheme, with the proportion returning to Jobcentre Plus decreasing for more recent intakes.
Work Programme job outcome payment figures reflect the final job outcome payments made to providers following validation procedures. For further details on job outcome validation procedures see the background information note. Data about job outcomes payments before validation is published in the Work Programme: unvalidated job outcome payments to September 2013 table.
Data regarding the proportion of referrals with sufficient time on the Programme to have qualified for a Job Outcome payment that did so is published in the Percentage achieving Job Outcome payment table.
There are links to other related DWP research reports and statistical analyses on the Employment programme support official statistics page.
Older versions of the statistical summary from previous releases of Work Programme official statistics are available below.
Work Programme official statistics consultation
The consultation on the content and presentation of Work Programme official statistics after June 2013 has now closed. We are analysing your feedback and will publish a response in the new year.
Tell us what you think
We want to make sure interested users are aware of future consultations to help us improve our statistics and ensure value for money. Complete our Work Programme statistics questionnaire to tell us what you think about our statistics.
You can also join the ‘Welfare and benefits’ community at www.statsusernet.org.uk. We’ll post announcements and background information in this forum. You can also use the forum to discuss statistical issues with other users.
If you have any further feedback on the tabulation tool and data visualisation tool email firstname.lastname@example.org
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