Employment & social security

How can we get Britain back to work and reduce inequalities in employment?

How can we ensure the social security system tackles poverty?

Work plays a crucial role in our society. Good work supports people’s living standards and can provide an opportunity for self-fulfilment, and the foundation of strong communities.

Everyone should be able to access good work. The UK had reached record high employment before the coronavirus crisis hit our economy hard, leading to a surge in unemployment. Getting Britain back to work is now a major national priority. We also need to tackle longstanding inequalities in chances to work between groups and areas.

Our research focuses on understanding the labour market and building the evidence base for what works in helping people into decent employment. We also focus on how our social security system can both support work, tackle poverty, and provide support those who need it.

Our work on employment and social security

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See coverage in The Mirror on our report on economic inactivity in the UK.

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For further information about our work on employment and social security contact: Sam Avanzo Windett, deputy director.