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Work Programme Statistics (Sept 13)

December sees the latest release of Work Programme statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The good news is that the proportion of participants that have received at least 12 months of support and achieved a Job Outcome payment during that time has increased, but only by 0.2% to 10.7%. Only four of the 40 contracts have seen a slight drop in their performance with the other 36 mostly improving. Ingeus remains the top performing provider against this indicator, achieving 14.7% for their East Midlands contract. Newcastle College remain the poorest performer, at only 7.4% for their North East Yorkshire contract (increase from 7.1% in June).

While DWP have used the above as a primary indicator for producing a contract league table, it is a seriously flawed measure. However, the current release is the first one where data is available regarding the desintation of the original cohorts of participants starting the Work Programme in June 2011. This provides a much better indicator on whether the Work Programme is truly supporting people into sustained employment.

Unfortunately for Work Programme providers, the results are not flattering:
 

  • 74.9% of participants who started the Work Programme in June 2011 returned to Jobcentre Plus at the end of their 104 week programme.
  • 5.2% of the June 2011 cohort has achieved the maximum sustained payments.
  • A further 12% are still receiving in work support from the provider.
  • A total of 24.2% of participants in the June 2011 cohort have achieved a Job Outcome payment (usually for completing 6 months in work).
  • 76.8% of those starting in July 2011 returned to Jobcentre Plus at the end of their programme.
  • 4.6% of the July 2011 cohort has achieved the maximum sustained payments.
  • A further 12.4% are still receiving in work support from the provider.

Due to the nature of the Work Programme there is no direct comparison possible to previous welfare to work provision, although it has to be said that ministers won't exactly be jumping for joy at the current data. 

For further analysis please visit the ERSA website (trade body for the employment related sector) or click here for the latest analysis from the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.

23 December 2013


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