Have you started your job search?

Are you about to start your job search? The cost of looking for a job can be quite high but did you know that Work Routes can help support you financially into sustainable work without it breaking the bank.

New research has shown that the cost of returning to work can be up to £1,057 out of your first pay packet according to a report from Reed in Partnership, the leading employment support provider.

The 2018 report entitled ‘Too poor to work’ has highlighted the growing problem caused by rapidly rising travel and childcare costs for long term unemployed people trying to get back into work. The process of finding a job is likely to come with a £167 price tag for someone who has been out of work for some time, rising to £186 in London.

Once in a job, someone working outside the capital may face costs of £223 during their first month – including lunch, travel and new clothing. In London, someone long-term unemployed returning to work is likely to face costs of around £342 in their first month. If childcare is included this can rise to £756 and £1,057 in London.

Nearly 1 in 2 participants across Reed in Partnership’s ESF-funded Work Routes programmes, for example, have received financial assistance.

Top tips for jobseekers

-Make full use of your local job centre and Work Routes service.

-Search and apply for jobs online, using the internet at public libraries or by asking a friend or family to use their computer if you do not have access.

-Borrow interview clothing, or search for the best deals for clothing online.

-If you are claiming benefits, see if you local Jobcentre Plus or welfare to work provider can refund your travel.

-Look out for local discounts on travel. For example, if you receive certain out-of-work benefits in London you may qualify for a 50% discount on travel by bus or tram.

If you are unemployed and need some extra help to get back in to work contact us here.