New figures on long-term unemployment highlight MAXIMUS Work Programme success

New figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have shown that MAXIMUS has helped 14,590 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 shown that approximately 331,260 people have been helped into a job they have held for at least six months since the scheme began, and that MAXIMUS has met key targets for a significant percentage of claimant groups.

Separate figures published in a report commissioned by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), The Economic Impact of the Work Programme, have shown that around 300,000 people have found lasting work through the Work Programme, a third of which the report estimates would have otherwise still been unemployed today. The research, which was carried out by Europe Economics, also shows that £18bn of value will be delivered to the economy by the Work Programme.

Chris Blackwell, Managing Director of MAXIMUS UK, said:

“Long-term unemployment remains a problem that presents enormous financial and social challenges, but today’s figures show that the Work Programme is continuing to tackle the issue and has been extremely effective in getting the unemployed into sustainable employment. MAXIMUS is committed to doing its part and is making a real contribution to that effort.

“We are confident that the Work Programme will continue to deliver results and we will see more and more people being placed into work and remaining employed for long periods of time.

“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. We remain committed to helping people improve the quality of their lives by providing them with the tools they need to secure and stay in work.”

About MAXIMUS UK

MAXIMUS UK 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. 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. HML is the provider of the DWP Health and Work Service.

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