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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 tackling worklessness

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 in Work