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Only a half of unemployed people who find work will still be in a job nine months later, and a fifth of the workforce either loses or starts a job during the course of a year. Despite this amount of churning in the jobs market, nearly one in five households in the UK has nobody in work. The extent of turnover in jobs, revealed in research published yesterday, lends support to the view that it is better for the unemployed to take any job because it will often lead to a better one.

In an article in the Employment Policy Institute's latest Employment Audit, researchers Paul Gregg and Jonathan Wadsworth from the London School of Economics track the movements into and out of work by individuals in 1994/95. They found that most starter jobs were temporary, with only one in eight surviving intact for nine months.

Employment Audit, Employment Policy Institute, 0171-735 0777.