The Work Programme began in Great Britain in June 2011 and is part of a number of welfare to work reforms aimed at getting unemployed people into sustained work.
It 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.
We used to publish the Work Programme statistics every 3 months. They are now released every 6 months, starting with the release on 22 March 2018.
Referrals to the Work Programme ended in March 2017, so the statistics will see less frequent changes than was previously the case during peak referral times. This makes a release every 6 months more appropriate.
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We ran a consultation in 2013 on how Work Programme statistics are presented. Read the outcome of this consultation below.