The intermediate labour market

Bob Marshall and Richard Macfarlane
22nd Sep 2000

How to move people from welfare dependency and long-term unemployment back into work is one of the major policy issues facing the UK and other Western economies.

In the UK a range of different approaches at national and local levels are being tried out. This report examines one approach - intermediate labour market (ILM) programmes - which has seen recent rapid growth and some successes. It looks at the structure of ILMs and what factors lie behind achieving successful implementation and results. It also assesses the role they can play in labour market policy and local regeneration.

Part of the Work and Opportunity series, The intermediate labour market covers:

  • the key features of an ILM Why there is growing interest in this approach, and the arguments for and against it. 
  • scale and distribution The first comprehensive survey of ILM programmes across Britain, illustrating their objectives and operational structure. 
  • setting up and managing ILMs Detailed analysis, using case examples, of the foundations needed to create and fund successful programmes, illustrating what works and why. 
  • evaluation and value for money Key benchmarks for measuring success, results to date, and how the ILM approach compares to other interventions.
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