Over two thirds of job applications 'receive no response'

With more than a million 16 to 24-year-olds unemployed the Joseph Rowntree Foundation today published a report on the challenges facing young people in the jobs market. Sending 2,000 job applications from fictional candidates with at least five good GCSEs and relevant work experience. They found:

  • Over two-thirds of applications received no response at all
  • 78% of the jobs applied for paid under £7 an hour, while 54% offered the minimum wage. Just 24% of the vacancies offered full-time, daytime work.
  • Jobseekers who do not have high-speed internet at home are at a substantial disadvantage and can only search for jobs sporadically, rather than the daily basis that is required.


Unemployment falls by 50,000

Unemployment fell by 50,000 between June and August to 2.53 million, official figures released today showed.