Youth unemployment

Youth Jobs Gap

For the first time, Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap series has measured the gap in youth employment between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their better-off peers. And our findings are stark – disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to not be in education, employment or training (NEET).

What’s more, young people who are ‘doubly disadvantaged’ – meaning those from disadvantaged backgrounds and who have low qualifications – are being left behind. Even when young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have the equivalent qualifications to their better-off peers, they’re still 50% more likely to be out of education and employment in early adulthood.

Our Youth Jobs Gap series uses newly available government data to shed light on these hidden challenges for youth unemployment. Over the coming months, Impetus will uncover the picture across different regions of the country, explore what works through our charity partners and collaborate with others to propose solutions to youth unemployment.

Read our first report in the Youth Jobs Gap series: Youth Jobs Gap: Establishing the Employment Gap as well as the blog 'Youth Jobs Gap: How early disadvantage impacts youth employment outcomes' by our research partner NEISR.

Join our Youth Jobs Gap webinar 'Establishing the employment gap' run by Sam Windett, Director of Policy at Impetus on Tuesday 21 May 2019 12:30 - 13:00 BST.

You can also read Impetus' previous research on youth unemployment: Youth Jobs Index 2017 & 2016.

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Youth Jobs Gap: Establishing the Employment Gap

This first report from Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap series shows that there is an employment gap between disadvantaged young people and their better-off peers. This report draws on newly available government data to explore the employment outcomes of young people in England.

April 2019

Youth Jobs Index 2017

Progress in tackling youth unemployment has ground to a halt. Our second Youth Jobs Index has found that the number of young people spending over a year not earning or learning has increased.

June 2017

Youth Jobs Index 2016

More than a million young people are spending six months or more not earning or learning. This has a knock-on effect for the rest of their lives, reducing their choices and prospects.

May 2016