Employment prospects for young people have worsened over the past five years

4 December 2015

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has reported that the employment prospects for young people in the UK have declined over the last five years and that young people face the worst economic prospects for several generations.

The report titled ‘Is Britain fairer?‘ found that those under 34 had experienced the steepest fall in income and employment and were challenged by higher barriers to achieving economic independence and success, including less access to decent housing.

EHRC commissioner Laura Carstensen said:

“It’s great to see the barriers being lowered over the last five years for some people, but during the same period they’ve been raised higher for younger people in particular.”

“Theirs are the shoulders on which the country will rely to provide for a rapidly ageing population, yet they have the worst economic prospects for several generations.”

Kate Green MP, shadow minister for women and equalities, said the report demonstrated the creation of a “shocking gap” between young people and the rest of the population, and added:

“It is a huge indictment of the Tory government – their policies are effectively writing off the next generation.”

It is a coincidence that the period during which these findings have emerged matches the period of the Conservative-led coalition government in 2010. Nonetheless, the EHRC report has confirmed that there is a need to boost the chances of young people within the employment sector

A government spokesman said:

“We have made good progress in many areas, by getting two million more people in work, raising wages, and having more children in good or outstanding schools than ever before. But we know there is still some way to go to fix the issues highlighted in this report.”

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Inclusion has also blogged about it here