Full employment and good jobs for all

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Carsten Jung; Finlay Collings

September 2, 2021

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at why the UK is seeing a lopsided jobs recovery and what to do about it.

The UK economy is on its way to recovery. But all is not well. Many jobs have still not returned. And without policy support its entrenched weaknesses, such as insecure work and low pay are here to stay. There is still a huge jobs gap – jobs that have been hit by the pandemic but have not returned. Despite some firms having difficulties of filling vacancies in particular jobs (such as for HGV drivers), the broader picture across sectors is less favourable. There are still more than 2 million ‘missing’ jobs in the economy. Especially low-paid workers are at heightened risk of being hit by the end of government support schemes – both in the near term (e.g. end of furlough) and medium term (e.g. low public investment).