Climbing London’s job ladder
In common with much of the UK, London’s labour market has changed dramatically over the last 20 years – and many of the capital’s most disadvantaged young people have been left behind as a result. It’s not so much a lack of jobs that’s the problem, but lack of qualifications and work readiness – being able to demonstrate to employers from day one the skills and personal qualities they now routinely expect.
Just getting a foot on the first rung of the job ladder in London can be particularly challenging: not only has there been a surge in the working age population, but the capital attracts many skilled workers who, in taking less-skilled jobs, are reducing further the number of roles available to less experienced young people.
Take the case of Jon: 19 years old and one of 120,000 unemployed young people living in London in 2014. Despite the high levels of job creation in the capital, it’s becoming ever more difficult for young people like Jon to get their foot on London’s job ladder. Here’s why [LINK?].