- Fewer than four out of 100 unemployed people seen by the firm have secured jobs lasting more than 13 weeks
- Its chairman Emma Harrison paid herself an £8.6 million dividend in 2011 and was forced to quit earlier this year
- Margaret Hodge, the chair of the public accounts committee, said the figures were ‘abysmal’
Scandal-plagued welfare-to-work provider, A4E has managed to get just 3.5 per cent of its job-seekers into long-term roles.
Fewer than four out of 100 unemployed people who have gone through the firm have secured jobs that last more than 13 weeks.
Almost 115,000 jobseekers were referred to A4e in the ten months to May 2012 under the government’s work programme.
Of those, just 4,020 secured jobs that lasted more than three months, according to a Channel 4 News investigation.
The company has already been hit by damaging allegations of fraud.
Its chairman, Emma Harrison, who paid herself an £8.6 million dividend in 2011 despite A4e’s dreadful record, was forced to quit earlier this year.
The figures show that A4e – the second biggest provider of the work programme – is failing to meet its targets in the first year.
It has to get 5.5 per cent of its jobseekers into sustainable roles every year to keep its contract.