Half a million young women still 'shut out of work'

By agency reporter
May 18, 2018

Data released on 15 May 2018 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  shows that 507,000 young women are out of work and full-time education – an increase of 33,000 on the same period last year.

  • 148,000 women aged 16-24 are unemployed – an increase of 17,000 on this time last year.
  • 359,000 women aged 16-24 are economically inactive (not in work or able to start work immediately) – an increase of 16,000 on this time last year.

Dr Carole Easton, chief executive of Young Women’s Trust, said:  “We welcome the record rate of employment but today’s figures show that half a million young women are still out of work and full-time education. 

“Young women tell us they want to work and be able to live independently, but insecure work, low pay and gender discrimination are holding them back. It’s not just families that are losing out from this but businesses and the economy too. 

“Politicians must commit to improving young people’s prospects – or many will remain out of work and the economy will suffer. Young Women’s Trust is calling on the Government to give young women the right skills and support to find jobs, ensure decent and flexible jobs are available, and extend the National Living Wage to under-25s, so they are paid the same amount for the same work.”

* Download the ONS Labour Market Data here

* Young Women's Trust https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/

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