Author: Dr Donald Verry

FOCUS: Hard labour – the post-pandemic jobs market

  • Countries’ labour markets have been hit hard by COVID-19; and the UK more than most
  • The UK is a microcosm of effects likely to be seen worldwide
  • The young, the poor, women, and some minority groups seem destined to suffer disproportionately
  • Immediate and longer-standing inequalities are likely to be exacerbated
  • Working habits will change for some and automation will probably get a boost
  • Getting policy right, not least labour policies, while potentially crucial, will be difficult

Introduction

Labour markets worldwide have been hit hard by the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic; and the hit looks as if it may be particularly severe in the UK.… Read the rest