ERSA has today released the latest round of job start figures for the Work Programme for the period of June to December 2017. These show that 856,991 people have now gained some work through the scheme, while the number of young people gaining work has reached 206,522.

The full report can be accessed here.

Welcoming the figures Kirsty McHugh, ERSA Chief Executive, said:

‘The Work Programme has now been closed for referrals for nearly a year, yet there are still a significant number of jobseekers gaining support from the scheme. Today’s figures demonstrate the continued success of the programme in supporting people to find employment.

‘The majority of the 856,911 people supported into jobs by the Work Programme are long-term unemployed. With the recent launch of the Work and Health Programme – which is significantly smaller in scope and scale – it is critical jobseekers continue to receive specialist support to find work and build stronger and more inclusive communities’.