Connecting People with Jobs

Activation Policies in the United Kingdom

This report examines recent activation policies in the United Kingdom aimed at moving people back into work. It offers insight into how countries can improve the effectiveness of their employment services and also control spending on benefits. The United Kingdom's policies have helped limit the rise in unemployment during the crisis. It has been at the forefront of reform efforts by OECD countries to transform and modernise policies designed to help the unemployed find work, through major new programmes such as Universal Credit and the Work Programme. Although time is needed for these to gain momentum as well as for a full evaluation of their impact to be carried out, the report identifies a number of areas where consideration should be given to additional measures or adjustments to existing ones.

Published on July 15, 2014

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Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
The background to active labour market policies in the United Kingdom
Unemployment and related benefits
The role of the UK Public Employment Service in job brokerage and activation strategies
Quasi-market arrangements in the UK Work Programme
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