Working together

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Melanie Wilkes; Henry Parkes

September 5, 2023

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at how to work towards a new public employment service.

The UK’s employment support system is characterised by three core flaws. It is failing to meet the needs of our current or future economy. Extrinsic motivation is crowding out personal ambitions. Provision is too narrow and focussed on the short term. This paper outlines a proposal for transformative long term change, to develop a new public employment service, which should be underpinned by strategic alignment between the UK’s industrial strategy and employment support services, and action to bring more decision-making about jobcentres and wider employment support services closer to local communities.