HC Deb 12 June 1995 vol 261 cc389-90W
Mr. Hardy

To ask the Secretary of state for Employment how many people are currently in part-time employment; and what was the position in 1979. [26385]

Mr. Oppenheim

In December 1994, there were 6,290,000 part-time employees in employment in the United Kingdom. An equivalent figure for June 1979 is unavailable; however, the census of employment shows there were 4,472,000 part-time employees in the United Kingdom in June 1978.

Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Mr. Frank Field, dated 12 June 1995: The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions to him about the numbers of people attending and leaving Jobclubs for each year of their operation and the outcomes from them. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of the Agency. Jobclubs were first introduced in Great Britain in 1984, but comprehensive figures on entrants, leavers and outcomes have only been collected since 1987. These are shown in the attached table, together with explanations for each category. We do not keep a record of the qualifications obtained by Jobclub members. Additionally, we have no way of breaking down the "other leavers" category between those who remain unemployed and those who leave for other reason. It may be helpful if I explain that Jobclubs are for those people who have been unemployed for 6 months or more. Jobclubs offer a professional approach to jobhunting—they provide the support and resources to carry out an effective programme of job search. Jobclub is a long term programme and people may attend for a few weeks or up to 6 months depending on how long it takes to find work. Around 50 per cent. of members leave Jobclub with a job, and others go into training, further education or self employment. I hope this is helpful.