Is the percentage of the working age population actually in paid work. It is the policy of the UK government to increase the employment rate out of a belief that paid work is a better alternative than welfare support and is the most effective means of combating social exclusion and poverty. In 2006, a target employment rate of 80 per cent was set by the government. Since 1997, and the election of the Labour government, the employment rate for the UK has increased by three percentage points to 75 per cent. Government policy is also directed at raising the employment rate for particular categories of worker, such as the disabled, single parents, and older workers. In each case, there is recent evidence of rising rates of employment. [See also Welfare-to-Work.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.