How to help people stay in work
Local Government Improvement and Development worked closely
with experts in the worklessness field in England, the Department
for Work and Pensions (DWP), and Communities and Local Government
to develop a series of 'How to' guides. The guides are aimed to
help practitioners who have a role in tackling worklessness and
meeting local employment outcomes.
These guides contain practical advice, tips for action and
support, and offer practical support for
Helping people stay in work
Helping people stay in work rather than return to out-of-work
benefits is important for the individual, reducing child poverty
and maximising the effectiveness of public spending on employment
and skills. This guide is about what councils and partners can do
to help people stay in work and progress in their career once they
have found a job.
Around 40 % of claimants leave their new jobs in the first three
months, and by twelve months 70 % have left. However, after 12
months most people stay in work. Helping people stay in work in the
early months of a new job can make a big difference to sustaining
employment and not returning to out-of-work benefits.
The two main groups of claimants who are at the greatest risk of
not sustaining a job are lone parents and those who have been
long-term claimants, including those on incapacity benefit. Lone
parents are twice as likely as others to leave employment, usually
immediately before or during school holidays.
At the time of writing, the Department for Work and Pensions
(DWP) is concluding a long-term evaluation of providing retention
and advancement services for lone parents in pilot areas. Initial
results show that lone parents receiving in-work support increase
their earnings substantially, mostly because more are working
full-time. As a result of these pilots, a number of initiatives
have been introduced nationally.
Helping People Stay