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Work Programme statistics

Work Programme official statistics on referrals, attachments, job outcome payments and sustainment payments.

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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 18 December 2014 include figures to the end of September 2014.

The latest Work Programme statistical summary 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

Approaching a quarter of those with sufficient time on the programme to do so spent at least 6 months in work (or 3 for the harder to help). 368,000 individuals in total.

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. 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.

Those with at least 6 (or 3) months in work after a year have on average a further 11 months in work at the 2 years point.

Of those completing the programme, approaching a quarter were still in work at the two year point (or providers had received the maximum payments). Around 7 in 10 returned to Jobcentre Plus.

Additional statistics

The tables on both Work Programme: unvalidated job outcome payments to June 2014 and data regarding the proportion of referrals with sufficient time on the Programme to have qualified for a job outcome payment that did so have now been included in the supplementary tables that accompany the statistical release.

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 30 September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 18 December 2014
    • Statistics
  10. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: August 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 21 February 2012
    • Statistics