This week new research suggests that many young Londoners are struggling to secure employment in what is a torrid economic climate. 

According to the research young Londoners typically aged 18-25, are often "hidden"; not engaged in employment, education or training and not receiving any welfare benefits. These group represents a huge 480,000 young people. This is not only detrimental to their individaul wellbeing and potential future prospects, but also costs £440m in the loss of revenue that could be coming in to the economy through income tax/national insurance contributions.



  • Unemployed young people are finding themselves excluded from employability programmes because they are in part-time or zero hour employments, are over qualified and do not access welfare benefits or statutory support.


  • These young people are are not stereotypes of drop-outs or early school leavers; many having achieved good GCSE qualifications and continued with their education beyond 16.


  • Often ‘hidden’ young people are also facing complex and challenging circumstances beyond their control, such as caring responsibilities or mental ill health, meaning that appropriate support/interventions were also needed to prevent a negative impact on their employment outcomes.


The last bullet point hits home for us here at IARS. We are coming to the end of our year long project "Young Carers Matter". This project was designed to recognise young carers' unique skill sets and help potential employers understand how valuable these can be. We are hosting a final conference to discuss our findings engage professionals in a final discussion before publishing our report. London Youth's report highlights just how important it is to engage in these talks and support some of our most marginalised young people in an increasingly volatile job market.


The conference will take place on 26th March 5 - 7pm at Dulwich Library. There are limited spaces available, so grab a ticket now at


Agenda to follow.