The figure was calculated by the Learning and Work Institute, which today launches its Youth Commission to look into how the problem can be resolved.
The participation age was raised to 18 in 2015. A report released for the launch of the commission today highlights an “opportunity divide”. One in five young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are in various forms of insecure work, it says, and the “generational pay gap” has widened between younger and older workers.
The report contains new polling conducted across all adult age groups which shows a generational divide in expectations for young people. Those aged over 25 are almost twice as likely to be pessimistic about the prospects of young people than young people themselves, it found.
The commission will conduct research on the likely impact of future changes in the jobs market, including automation, and current government reforms such as apprenticeships and T levels. It will publish final recommendations for improving education and employment prospects for young people in “spring/summer 2019”.
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