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Work Programme statistics

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

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.

Read about other employment Programme schemes and where to find statistics on them on the Employment programme support official statistics page.

Find details of future Work Programme statistics in our statistics calendar.

We also publish a number of more detailed data tables on the Work Programme in:

Latest release

Previous releases

  1. Work Programme statistical summary: data to June 2017

    • National Statistics
  2. Work Programme statistical summary: data to March 2017

    • National Statistics
  3. Work Programme statistical summary: data to December 2016

    • National Statistics
  4. Work Programme statistical summary: data to September 2016

    • National Statistics
  5. Work Programme statistical summary: data to June 2016

    • National Statistics
  6. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 31 March 2016

    • National Statistics
  7. Work Programme statistical summary: data to December 2015

    • National Statistics
  8. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 September 2015

    • National Statistics
  9. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 June 2015

    • National Statistics
  10. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 31 March 2015

    • National Statistics
  11. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 31 December 2014

    • National Statistics
  12. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 September 2014

    • National Statistics
  13. Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 June 2014

    • Official Statistics
  14. Work Programme statistical summary: data to December 2013

    • Official Statistics
  15. Work Programme statistical summary: data to September 2013

    • Official Statistics
  16. Work Programme statistical summary: data to June 2013

    • Official Statistics
  17. Work Programme statistical summary: data to March 2013

    • Official Statistics
  18. Pre-Work Programme support: Get Britain Working, February 2013

    • Official Statistics
  19. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: November 2012

    • Official Statistics
  20. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: August 2012

    • Official Statistics
  21. Work Programme: unvalidated job outcome payments to June 2014

    • Official Statistics
  22. Employment programme support official statistics

    • Guidance
  23. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: May 2012

    • Official Statistics
  24. DWP Work Programme statistics, first release: February 2012

    • Official Statistics

Guidance

Our background information note gives context and information on the processes involved in developing and releasing the statistics.

Consultation and feedback

Complete our Work Programme statistics questionnaire to tell us what you think about our statistics.

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.

We ran a consultation in 2013 on how Work Programme statistics are presented. Read the outcome of this consultation below.

  1. How Work Programme statistics after June 2013 are presented

    • Consultation outcome
  2. Work Programme statistics questionnaire

    • Official Statistics
Published 26 September 2013
Last updated 22 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added latest Work Programme statistical summary with data to December 2017.
  2. Added latest Work Programme statistical summary with data to June 2017.
  3. Added latest Work Programme statistics (data to March 2017).
  4. Added latest Work Programme statistics (data to December 2016).
  5. Added latest Work Programme statistics (data to September 2016).
  6. Added latest Work Programme statistics (data to June 2016).
  7. Published latest Work Programme statistics (data to March 2016).
  8. Published latest Work Programme statistics (data to December 2015).
  9. Published 'Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 September 2015'.
  10. Added the latest Work Programme statistics to June 2015.
  11. Published Work Programme statistical summary: data to March 2015 and updated background information note.
  12. Published 'Work Programme statistical summary: data to 30 December 2014' and revised background information note.
  13. Published latest Work Programme statistical summary with data to 30 September 2014.
  14. Published latest Work Programme statistical summary with data to 30 June 2014.
  15. Published latest Work Programme statistical summary with data to 31 March 2014.
  16. Published links to underlying data for the cohort and time series visualisations and guidance on how to use it.
  17. March 2014 statistics release with data to December 2013.
  18. December 2013 stats release published
  19. Added a link to the Work Programme statistics questionnaire
  20. First published.