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Unemployment Policy in the UK - Way to Work forces jobseekers to widen their job search net

Graham Watson

1st February 2022

There's been an important change in UK unemployment policy, with the introduction of a scheme known as Way to Work.

As a result, those people who are unemployed will be expected to look for jobs outside of the sector in which they've previously worked within four weeks of becoming unemployed or they will see their Universal Credit cut if they aren't looking hard enough or turn down a job offer.

It's designed to reduce frictional and structural unemployment - and that is a good thing. However, critics argue whether it's necessary - with job vacancies at record highs and the number of unemployed people relatively low, will it achieve its target of getting 500,000 people into work by the end of June.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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