Employment key to social mobility

Employment key to social mobility
Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Economic & Social Research Council
Publisher
ESRC
Date of publication
1 March 2012
Series
Evidence Briefings
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business, People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This evidence briefing highlights the findings, and their relevance in key policy areas, of research into employment and its impact on social mobility. The research demonstrated a negative relationship between worklessness and outcomes for children over and above what would be expected due to other factors, such as material deprivation and low income. This underlines the importance of supporting parents to move into the labour market. In addition, the high number of young people not in education, employment or training is a huge risk to the skill development of the current cohort of young people. Other research points to the pressing need for interventions, such as apprenticeships, that improve employability combined with strategies to improve the quality, flexibility, sustainability and progression routes of the jobs on offer.

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