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The Future of Employment – December 2016


The Future of Employment – December 2016

The Future of Employment is our new report from the Scottish Widows Centre for the Modern Family. Our report analyses the challenges faced by young people and their parents as the next generation take their first steps into employment.

The majority of parents feel it is their responsibility to support their children practically (78%) and financially (67%) into the world of work. However many are placing an increasing emphasis on the Government (25%) to offer financial support and schools (30%) to play a key role in offering practical support for the future.

Currently parents in Britain are spending on average £17,400 to kick start their children’s careers, working out around £7,900 per child. This is spurred on by concerns their children will struggle to find a job, encouraging parents to pay for university fees and accommodation, additional training qualifications and clothing for interviews.

Read our report for our expert panel’s views on the key findings and how we can ease the burden on parents, and increase career support and financial guidance, to ease our next generation into work.

Read our report

About this report

The Future of Employment is the second in a series of three reports to be published by the Scottish Widows’ Centre for the Modern Family, analysing what the future holds for the UK’s families. For more information follow @4modernfamily.


This report is based on both quantitative and qualitative inputs, including a nationally representative YouGov survey of 2,000 adults. The report also benefitted from a further YouGov survey of 500 business leaders across all sizes of employer, interviews and discussions with the Centre for the Modern Family panellists, and a series of focus group sessions.