The purpose of this article is to examine social innovation in the field of youth employment. It addresses both the shortcomings of supply‐side approaches that are balanced towards issues such as employability and the impact of key demand side issues including low pay and precarity. The empirical analysis is based upon interviews with young people in employment or training with social innovations as well as interviews with senior policymakers and practitioners whose remit covers these issues. The study concludes by reflecting upon how the conduct of employability can operate as an autoimmune function.
- employability, low pay, precarity, social innovation, youth employment