Economic & Labour Market Review

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 17–29

Young people and the labour market

  • Catherine Barham
  • Annette Walling
  • Gareth Clancy
  • Stephen Hicks
  • Sarah Conn
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DOI: 10.1057/elmr.2009.56

Cite this article as:
Barham, C., Walling, A., Clancy, G. et al. Econ Lab Market Rev (2009) 3: 17. doi:10.1057/elmr.2009.56

Abstract

This article analyses the experiences of young people in the labour market today, looking at their economic activity, earnings and skills, using the UK’s Labour Force Survey. It also looks at the family and household circumstances of young people using education research and the Annual Population Survey. What is clear from these analyses is the importance of considering education status when looking at the labour market activity of this age group, as many young people are in a period of transition between school and work. The decline of manufacturing and rise of employment in the service sector appears to have been significant. And the impact of parental attitudes to education and of family background should also be considered. Evidence suggests those young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) are considerably more likely to be living with one parent or in a household where no one is working.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Barham
    • 1
  • Annette Walling
    • 1
  • Gareth Clancy
    • 1
  • Stephen Hicks
    • 1
  • Sarah Conn
    • 1
  1. 1.Office for National Statistics