It’s good to be “in the know”

See below for a collection of research related to youth employment, education and skills. We are keen to hear from our network regarding how they think and feel in response to the research that is emerging, or indeed if any organisations are compiling data that they would be willing to share with us.

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Please note: The views expressed in these articles are not representative of Movement to Work’s formal position or recommendations. Movement to Work is sharing this research to raise awareness and generate informed debate.


It is known that poverty at any stage in life can lead to negative impacts.  It is therefore critical to scrutinise the data thoroughly to… Read more


According to research by the Prince’s Trust, fears about their jobs, their skillsets and future opportunities are weighing heavily on young minds, with more than… Read more


PwC, Unicef and Generation Unlimited have been working together to look at the challenges facing young people trying to start their careers and find employment.… Read more


The Young Women’s Trust has conducted research looking at the experiences of young women in the current labour market. The pandemic has disproportionately affected both… Read more


The House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee published a report at the end of November 2021 looking at unemployment amongst young people age 16 to… Read more


A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) provides an insight into the needs of young people, both in education and… Read more


A new report from the Resolution Foundation (RF) shows that while recessions have lasting impacts on the UK labour market, each has a different legacy… Read more


A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) provides evidence that finishing school when labour markets are weak leads to poor subsequent labour… Read more


A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) provides a qualitative examination of the labour market in the context of the… Read more


A new report from the Youth Futures Foundation titled ‘The Effectiveness of Interventions to Increase Youth Employment: An Evidence and Gap Map’ has recently been… Read more


A recently published report by DMH Associates has found that young people want career guidance but are struggling to find it.  Young people from disadvantaged… Read more

Stonewall warn of LGBT young people ‘shut out’ of higher education and work

A new report by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall and BritainThinks –Shut Out –reveals stark findings for LGBT young people who are… Read more

Resolution Foundation warns of serious mental health impact of Covid-19 on young people

A new report from the Resolution Foundation titled ‘Double Trouble’ has found that ,when compared to other age groups, young people have been disproportionately affected… Read more

Resolution Foundation warns 16-24-year-olds have been disproportionately affected by fall in employment

A new report from the Resolution Foundation has found that young people have been disproportionately affected by the impact of Covid-19 on employment. The report… Read more

Learning and Work Institute warns of long-lasting damage from youth unemployment

A new report from Learning and Work Institute and The Prince’s Trust (supported by HSBC UK) has raised significant concerns about the long lasting impact… Read more

The changing talent and work landscape in the wake of COVID-19

Robert Half, a specialised recruiter, has published a report investigating the rise of hybrid workforces, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report,… Read more

Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes their 2020/21 annual report

The 2020/21 edition of Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) looks at the nature and scale of poverty across the UK, in particular analysing the impact of… Read more

The Good Things Foundation publishes their ‘Digital Nations 2020’ infographic

The Good Things Foundation have released their 2020 update of their Digital Nations project, which summarises data about digital inclusion and exclusion in the UK.… Read more

CIPD publishes research on COVID-19 and the youth labour market

Recent research from CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) explores the context of the youth labour market, using results from a YouGov (Sept 2020)… Read more

Gartner Identifies Five Future of Work Decisions HR Leaders Must Make in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the working world. However, with the roll-out of vaccines underway, and hopes for a return to normal, HR teams… Read more

The Resolution Foundation examines what’s in store for household disposable incomes

Resolution Foundation has recently published the third report in their ‘Living Standards Outlook’ series, which assesses “how the hoped-for post-pandemic economic recovery might translate into… Read more

The Prince’s Trust Tesco Youth Index 2021 reports the highest level of youth anxiety in its history

The Prince’s Trust Tesco Youth Index 2021 reports on the impact that COVID-19 is having on young people’s mental health in the UK. Using findings… Read more

Under-30 workers risk losing out on key upskilling and core skills due to remote working

Research conducted by Sharp has found that workers under the age of 30 are concerned that the recent shift to remote working could limit their… Read more

Permanent staff appointments increase for first time since September

A recent study from Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) (in collaboration with KPMG) has found that, for the first time in three months, there has… Read more

Bupa raises concerns about the physical and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study by Bupa, as part of their ‘Teen Minds: Living Through a Pandemic and Beyond’ campaign, records that 3 in 4 13-19 year… Read more

Multigenerational workforces crucial for the future of the workforce

Recent research conducted by  OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), undertaken in 37 member countries, concludes that it is imperative that companies must… Read more

The Learning and Work Institute warns of 1 million young people ‘locked out’ of education and training

During 2020, the Learning and Work Institute’s Youth Commission produced a series of reports on young people and the impacts of COVID-19 on their skills, … Read more

NUS research reports on student mental health and concerns during COVID-19

New research conducted by the NUS, that surveyed over 4000 young people, has found that more than 50% of students felt their mental health had… Read more

Research into what young jobseekers want in light of Covid-19

Research conducted by Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and Debut in June-July 2020 has recorded that the disruption caused by Covid-19 has caused over half… Read more

ONS data on Youth Unemployment and NEET Reporting (July-September 2020)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released the datasets for the Labour Market Overview and NEET (not in employment, education or training) data for… Read more

More than one in 10 young people have lost their job during the Covid-19 pandemic

New research, carried out by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Exeter University has recorded that more than one in 10… Read more

Skills gap set to narrow as UK employees consider career change

A survey of 2000 UK professionals, conducted on behalf of CWJobs, has reported that over half of non-tech UK employees have considered or have already… Read more

Nine out of 10 employees will have to reskill by 2030

New research, conducted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has concluded that nine out of every 10 employees will have to engage in some… Read more

Ethnic Diversity in the Workplace

A new report, conducted by Lloyd’s of London has found that 71% of Black employees reported facing barriers when it came to recruitment, compared to… Read more

The impact of Covid-19 on disabled adults in accessing good work – now and into the future

New research from Leonard Cheshire (UK disability charity) shows that more than 70% of disabled employees have lost income, become unemployed or been furloughed by… Read more

Evaluating the effects of the current economic crisis on the UK labour market

The Resolution Foundation’s latest report presents evidence on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on workers. Results from a survey of 6,000 working-age adults shows… Read more

Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Audit for the UK 2020

This report focuses on economic living standards (using measures including jobs, skills and pay), as well as  exploring the health and social effects of the… Read more

Inequality in the impact of the Coronavirus Shock: New Survey Evidence for the UK

This paper explores novel survey data from a large representative sample of UK workers on 25th March, two days into the government-imposed lock-down. Findings suggest… Read more

Sector shutdowns during the Coronavirus crisis: which workers are most exposed?

This paper explores which workers are most exposed as a result of the lock-down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has effectively shut down… Read more

Sector COVID-19 and the world of work: Impact and policy responses

This note offers the ILO’s preliminary assessment concerning the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the world of work and proposes a range of policy options… Read more

Getting Back to Work: Dealing with the labour market impacts of the COVID-19 recession

The report shows there is clear evidence that prolonged spells of unemployment, particularly while young, can cause long-lasting ‘scars’ on an individual’s future earnings, employment… Read more

The case for releasing the young from lockdown

The UK is ‘locked down’ because of coronavirus (COVID-19). No clear exit strategy currently exists. This paper suggests a possible way forward that combines elements… Read more

How are Gen Z responding to the coronavirus pandemic?

UK Trendence Research ran a snap survey to understand how university students and young people are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. Key… Read more

“Youth employment prospects are crumbling”

More than a quarter of firms expect to hire fewer graduates because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development… Read more

COVID-19 will have a ‘scarring’ effect on the careers of young people

Economists have found a persistent “scarring” effect on the careers of people who enter the labour market during a crisis, with wages still lower on… Read more

More than a quarter of companies anticipate hiring fewer graduates

Some of the UK’s biggest employers have cancelled or delayed recruitment schemes and internships, amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could hit the job prospects… Read more

Coronavirus and the Labour Market: Impacts and Challenges

Coronavirus is a public health crisis and the Government has rightly taken unprecedented measures to tackle it. This has included significant restrictions on much social… Read more

Which industries are worst hit by both Brexit and COVID-19?

According to the CV Library, the top 10 sectors that saw the biggest drop in job adverts as a result of Brexit and COVID-19 are:… Read more

Coronavirus Risky Business: Economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis on different groups of workers

The coronavirus crisis has affected everyone. Everyone’s health is at risk and to combat the disease, working lives have been altered across the country. But… Read more

Coronavirus Vulnerable Young People: COVID-10 Response

A report from the National Youth Agency identifies the top three concerns for vulnerable young people during COVID-19: ‘Increased mental health problems’: Over a million young… Read more

Young, vulnerable, and increasing- why we need to start worrying more about youth unemployment

The Youth Futures Foundation and Impetus have worked in partnership on a new analysis of the population of young people who are neither earning nor… Read more

Young People in Lockdown

The Prince’s Trust and YouGov have released the Young People in Lockdown report, with research conducted during lockdown revealing 46% of 16-25 years olds say that… Read more

Young workers in the coronavirus crisis: Findings from the Resolution Foundation’s coronavirus survey

A report published by the Resolution Foundation suggests that the coronavirus crisis is expected to hit workers hard, with evidence from previous crises indicating that… Read more

Coronavirus: Young people ‘most likely to lose work’ in lockdown

Young people are most likely to have lost work or seen their income drop because of COVID-19, a report suggests. More than one in three… Read more

Class of 2020 -Education leavers in the current crisis

This report focuses on the prospects facing young people leaving full-time education today, highlighting the size and length of employment and pay scarring that they… Read more

COVID-19: The impact of the crisis on student recruitment and development

This report (registration required) warns that the number of entry-level jobs available to students and school-leavers seeking employment this year will be reduced by around… Read more

Only a minimum income can ensure support for everyone

This report examines those who are at greatest risk of missing out on the government’s financial support packages. The analysis found that 1.6 million people… Read more

Assessing the early impact of school and college closures on students in England

This report explores the experiences of young people following the closure of schools in England on 20th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It… Read more

Young People In Lockdown: A report by The Prince’s Trust and YouGov

According to this report, the coronavirus emergency has left young people all over the UK, including many who have only just started their working lives,… Read more

Securing a place for young people in the nation’s economic recovery  

This paper presents the final recommendations from the Youth Employment Group, for measures to support young people through the COVID-19 crisis, improve their employment prospects… Read more

COVID: Seven ways the job market has changed for young people

According to the BBC, young people have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic’s disruption to the jobs market. Research shows that the under-25s saw… Read more