Unfortunately, unemployed jobseekers stand far less chance of gaining employment than their working competitors.
As a wife and mother of three, I have been trying to "return to work"for years. I have a Master's degree, substantial management experience and a positive attitude. I have attended numerous interviews, at which, I am informed on debriefing, my performance and presentation skills are excellent. However, the story is always the same: the employer chooses the candidate who is already working.
Any initiatives or benefit-cutting to "encourage" people back to work are useless when millions of employers consider working candidates to be a safer bet than unemployed "job-seekers".