Work Programme providers show strong performance in providing sustained employment

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the representative body for the employment support sector, today welcomes official figures showing that nearly 300,000 formerly long term unemployed jobseekers are now in sustained employment as a result of the Work Programme and that expected performance levels have been met in all 40 contracts.

This strong performance is mirrored in this week’s ERSA Job Start Figures, which show that 551,000 jobseekers have now started a job on the programme. This is an important indicator of future performance as approximately 70 percent of jobseekers starting a job will move into sustained employment – usually meaning six months in work.

Young people are faring particularly well on the programme, with 143,000 young people formerly on Jobseekers Allowance now having moved into work. Of these, government statistics show that 71,640 have already moved into long term employment.

More information on this article can be found on the ERSA website: www.ersa.