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Employment: Key statistics and research

Businesses can benefit from increasing access to good jobs for people facing disadvantage.

Explore our latest research for more information on the barriers individuals face to accessing and sustaining employment, and the business case for tackling these barriers and creating an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Barriers to youth employment: Key findings from the 2015 Youth Survey (March 2016)

Just over 4000 young people aged 18 to 24 shared their experiences of preparing for employment, barriers to accessing jobs, recruitment processes and of starting their career.

Beyond Pay: An Inquiry into Improving Low-Income Employment (October 2015)

Developed with support from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, this report outlines the practical steps that businesses can take to improve employment for people on low incomes.

Finding work after leaving prison (October 2015)

Based on a survey of prisoners at HMP Nottingham, this report highlights the impact of asking about criminal convictions on a job application form, and makes recommendations for businesses and other organisations.

DRIVERS: improving health equity through action across the life course (October 2015)

The DRIVERS project, undertaken by a consortium of research bodies from 2012-15, builds on the growing body of evidence which shows that reducing health inequalities requires action across a number of policy areas. BITC undertook research to explore how fair employment affects an individual’s health.

Generation Talent: Two years in – lessons from the frontline of recruitment (September 2015)

A look at the trends and barriers that companies had in place when recruiting young people and ways they made adjustments to enable them to hire the best talent since the launch of Generation Talent in 2013.

Business benefits of Work Inclusion (last updated in January 2015)

This research shows why working with people from disadvantaged groups works well for business; summarising analysis of the business benefits resulting from Work Inclusion programmes and partnerships.

The missing million: Illuminating the employment challenges of the over 50’s (February 2015)

The second in a series, this report sets out recommendations for business and government to help older workers re-enter the labour market.

The missing million: Pathways back to employment (October 2014)

The first in a series, this report explores the economic barriers facing the over 50’s and highlights the business benefits of an older workforce.