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Work Programme statistics

Statistics on people joining Work Programme, participants achieving defined periods in work and participants completing the programme.

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Work Programme

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 national statistics

Releases of Work Programme national 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 national statistics on the Work Programme released on 19 March 2015 include figures to the end of December 2014.

The latest Work Programme statistical summary to 31 December 2014 gives a structured overview of Work Programme national statistics. The publication also includes a Microsoft Excel version of the tables.

Alongside the statistical summary there are a large number of tables and animated charts which enable you to get more detail on Work Programme referrals, attachments, job outcome payments and sustainment payments. These are provided via:

For further information refer to:

A background information note provides supplementary context and information on the processes involved in developing and releasing the national statistics including information on the quality, revisions and known issues.

Main points from the latest release

Nearly 1.7 million people have joined Work Programme. Approaching a quarter of those with sufficient time to do so spent at least 6 months in work (or 3 for the harder to help), 401,000 individuals in total.

Results against DWP’s measures have improved since the start of the programme. Levels at the 12 month point are above the minimum expected for those joining more recently and are over one and a half times the levels of the earliest joiners. Levels for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants are around twice those for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) new claimants.

Whilst levels for the latest two 18 to 24 year old JSA claimant intakes to complete a year on the scheme (November and December 2013) have shown a decline, they remain above expected levels.

More than 1 in 7 of the most recent participants to complete a year on the scheme had at least 6 months in work (or 3 if they are expected to need more help). This is over one and a half times the levels of the Work Programme earliest joiners. The minimum expected level is a little over 1 in 9.

For JSA claimants, levels are now around twice as high as for earliest joiners. Approaching 1 in 5 of the most recent 18 to 24 year old JSA participants to complete a year had at last 6 months in work, 1 in 6 for those aged 25 and over and other JSA groups. Minimum expected levels are around 1 in 7 and 1 in 9 respectively.

A little over 1 in 10 of the most recent ESA new claimants (excluding 12 month prognosis claimants) to complete a year on the scheme had at least 3 months in work. Minimum expected levels are around 1 in 14. For those in the other ESA group, outcomes are well below minimum expected levels.

The other JSA group shows similar results to those aged 25 and over. For other ESA group, levels are below the minimum expected levels.

At the 2 year point levels are above those for earliest joiners and generally above expectations more recently. However as at the 1 year point, levels for November and December 2012 intakes are below expectations. Those with at least 6 months in work, (or 3 for the harder to help), after a year have on average a further 11 months in work.

More than 1 million individuals have completed their allotted time on the scheme. Of those completing the programme, approaching a quarter were still in work at the 2 year point (or providers had received the maximum payments). Around 7 in 10 returned to Jobcentre plus.

Additional statistics

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. The consultation response has now been published.

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 stats-consultation@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Adam Pearce
Information, Governance and Security Directorate
Department for Work and Pensions
Room BP5201
Benton Park Road
Longbenton
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE98 1YX

Documents

  1. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 31 December 2014

    • 19 March 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 September 2014

    • 18 December 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 June 2014

    • 6 October 2014
    • Statistics
  4. Work Programme statistical summary June 2014

    • 19 June 2014
    • Statistics
  5. Work Programme statistical summary March 2014

    • 22 May 2014
    • Statistics
  6. Work Programme statistical summary December 2013

    • 14 January 2014
    • Statistics
  7. Work Programme statistical summary September 2013

    • 26 September 2013
    • Statistics
  8. Work Programme statistical summary June 2013

    • 2 July 2013
    • Statistics
  9. Pre-Work Programme support: Get Britain Working, February 2013

    • 26 June 2013
    • Statistics
  10. Work Programme official statistics: background information note

    • 19 March 2015
    • Statistics
  11. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: August 2012

    • 8 August 2012
    • Statistics
  12. Work Programme: unvalidated job outcome payments to June 2014

    • 18 September 2014
    • Statistics
  13. Employment programme support official statistics

    • 19 June 2014
    • Statistics
  14. Work Programme referrals who received a JSA Training Allowance, June 2011 to July 2012

    • 26 January 2013
    • FOI release
  15. Work Programme and Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanction statistics: July 2012

    • 18 January 2013
    • FOI release
  16. Work Programme provider sanctions for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants: July 2011 to April 2012

    • 16 January 2013
    • FOI release
  17. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: November 2012

    • 18 June 2013
    • Statistics
  18. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: May 2012

    • 9 May 2012
    • Statistics
  19. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: February 2012

    • 21 February 2012
    • Statistics