Work Programme Statistics – September 2016


DWP has published statistics from the beginning of the Work Programme in June 2011 to the end of June 2016. In this data release, we report on the two-year job outcome performance i.e. whether or not an individual has secured a job outcome during the entire length of time on the programme.

The headline results are:

  • The two-year Job Outcome performance is 26.7%, 1.9 percentage points above DWP’s expectations. This figure is for the whole Work Programme from June 2011 to June 2016.
  • Two-year performance over the whole programme has increased slightly, from 26.3% in the June release to 26.7% now.
  • For those completing the programme in the latest two months, two-year performance has risen from around 34% in the June report to around 35%.
  • 1.87 million people have been referred to the Work programme since June 2011, equivalent to more than 50% of all benefit claimants.
  • 537,800 people have had a ‘sustained’ job outcome through the Work Programme.
  • ERSA – the Providers Trade Association, report that over 801,000 participants have started work – and may eventually get a ‘Job Outcome’.
  • 13.8% of ESA new claimants (who are expected to be fit for work in less than a year) get a job outcome within two years, above DWP’s expectation of 12.7%.
  • 10.7% of ESA new claimants who are expected to be fit for work in 12-18 months get a sustained job outcome, substantially above DWP’s expectation of 6.4%. The equivalent figure for ex-IB ESA participants is 5.0%.
  • People with a disability and those aged 50 and over are the least successful in getting a job through the Work Programme.

Learning and Work Comment

Duncan Melville, Learning and Work Chief Economist said:

“Around one quarter of Work Programme participants (26.7%) have on these latest figures secured a sustained job outcome. Evaluation evidence indicates that the Work Programme has performed at a similar level compared to the previous employment programmes it replaced but at a lower cost.

Funding for the new Work and Health programme will on current government plans be just one fifth of the level of funding provided for the Work Programme and Work Choice that it replaces.  There are currently two and a quarter million individuals who have been in receipt of out of work benefits for two years or more and over one and a half million who have been receiving these benefits for five years or more. In addition, the referendum decision to exit the EU is expected to weaken economic growth and create tougher labour market conditions for those wanting work. This position requires, if anything, more resources for welfare to work programmes to assist those in long term worklessness not cuts, and the Autumn Statement needs to address this.”