Committee enquiry into employment and Covid-19

The Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into employment and COVID-19 and invites written contributions to its investigation. They will examine the effects of the pandemic on the labour market and consider what urgent measures should be taken to protect and create jobs. Also how the labour market may change as a result of the pandemic in the longer term. The Committee intends to make recommendations to the Government. The deadline for submissions is 10 September 2020.

Focus of the inquiry

The Committee will examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market and consider what urgent measures should be taken to protect and create jobs. It will also examine how the labour market may change as a result of the pandemic in the longer term. The Committee intends to make recommendations to the Government.

The Committee is seeking answers to the following questions:

  • What steps should be taken to protect and create jobs over the next two years? 
  • What trade-offs should be considered?
  • What barriers to entering employment could be removed to support the labour market recovery?
  • Which sectors are likely to experience the most change in supply and demand?
  • To what extent should any future intervention by the Government in the labour market be targeted sectorally and/or regionally?
  • What lessons can be learned from previous recessions and active labour market policy interventions in the UK? What lessons can be learned from schemes and interventions that have been implemented in other countries?
  • What steps should be taken to create a sustainable recovery over the medium and longer term? 
  • How should the Government support training and skills development?
  • What positive and negative trends in employment may have been accelerated as a result of COVID-19?

The Committee is looking to hear from as diverse a range of views as possible—if you think someone you know would have an interest in contributing to the inquiry, please pass this on to them.

 

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