Never Ever: Exploring the increase in people who’ve never had a paid job

The proportion of working-age population that has never had a paid job is currently 8.2%, according to a new briefing by the Resolution Foundation, a 52% increase since 1998. Young students make up 60% of 16-64 year olds who have never worked.

The report explores why this is the case, rejecting the common ideology that a generous welfare system encourages those not to seek work, instead it is the result of changes to the transition from education into work, and reduced numbers of people working while studying. The report also considers factors such as ill-health and motherhood in early adulthood confining those into a lack of paid work experience, that have not worked before.

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