New figures of Work Programme success in tackling long-term unemployment

New figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have shown that MAXIMUS has helped 13,060 individuals into a job they have held for more than six months (in some cases three to six months), in its capacity as one of the prime providers of the Government’s Work Programme.

The latest quarterly release of Work Programme figures by the DWP has also shown that approximately 300,000 people have been helped into a job they have held for at least six months since the scheme began. The figures also show that MAXIMUS achieved targets for a significant percentage of the payment groups within the scheme, and was the best performing provider in achieving job outcomes for 18-24 year olds and those over 25 years of age on jobseekers’ allowance in their Thames Valley, Hampshire and Isle of Wight contract areas.

Chris Blackwell, Managing Director of MAXIMUS UK, said:

“The figures have been published on the third anniversary of the Work Programme’s launch. They demonstrate how effective the Work Programme is in getting the unemployed into sustainable employment. Long-term unemployment presents enormous financial and social challenges to individuals and the country as a whole. It is a problem that must continue to be tackled and MAXIMUS is committed to doing its part to ensure the Work Programme is a success and as many people as possible can be placed in employment.”

“I would like to thank our team and our partners for their hard work and dedication in continuing to improve the service we provide to jobseekers.”

About MAXIMUS UK

MAXIMUS is one of the Department for Work and Pensions’ accredited providers of the Work Programme, delivering the scheme in West London and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as well as the Day One Support programme for young people. MAXIMUS has considerable experience providing support to help disadvantaged people back into the labour market and has partnered with governments around the world to provide critical health and human service programmes to a diverse range of communities for more than forty years, operating in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Through its subsidiary Health Management Limited (HML), MAXIMUS is also the largest provider of occupational health services in the UK and carries out these services through a dedicated team of highly qualified clinicians.

For further information or comment from Chris Blackwell please contact Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 / 07502 327092 / Mayar.Raouf@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk) or Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / Chris.Rogers@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk)