Today the Department for Education claimed that, by the age of 42, a young person who experiences frequent unemployment can expect to earn 12-15 per cent less than average. Is this right?
“By the age of 42, someone who had frequent periods of unemployment in their teens is likely to earn 12-15 per cent less than their peers”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg this morning spearheaded a Government scheme to help young people not in education, employment or training (‘neets’) back to work.
One claim on the impact of youth unemployment on earnings made it into several news outlets, including the Independent, Daily Express, Guardian, Daily Mail and Channel 4.
The Department for Education (DfE) stated in a press release that people who experienced frequent periods of unemployment in their youth could expect to earn 12-15 per cent less than their peers who did not experience the same periods of inactivity.
So where is the evidence for this?
- Nick Clegg to offer ‘neet’ solution for unemployed 16- and 17-year-olds (guardian.co.uk)
- Nick Clegg pledges to get get teenagers active (independent.co.uk)
- Firms to be given £2,000 cash ‘reward’ for hiring ‘Neets’ after number of jobless young soars to record levels | Mail Online (jobmarketmonitor.com)
- Govt Plan To Thwart Youth ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ (news.sky.com)
- Clegg plan to get get teenagers active (independent.co.uk)