The coronavirus pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a substantial impact on the UK labour market. This briefing provides information on the measures that are being put in place to get people back in to work.

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This briefing was last updated on 17 July 2020. The Library intends to update this briefing but please be aware that information may have changed since the date of publication.

The evolving impact is tracked in the library paper Coronavirus: Impact on the labour market.

In the July Fiscal sustainability report, the OBR forecast that the unemployment rate would peak at a level between 9.7% and 13.2%, compared to a rate of 3.9% in the first quarter of 2020.

In response the Government has published a Plan for Jobs document which highlights the measures that will be put in place to help get people back into employment, keep people in their jobs and to create new jobs.

This includes the following employment support measures:

  • A Job Retention Bonus that will pay employers £1,000 if they re-employ furloughed workers.
  • The Kickstart scheme that will provide funding towards the wages of 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit.
  • Incentives for employers to take on apprentices and trainees.
  • Various other measures to support young people to find work, such as extra funding for the National Careers Service and for Jobcentre employment support programmes.

Further information on these measures is provided in the briefing paper.

Other measures that aim to keep people in their jobs and create new jobs are outlined in the Plan for Jobs document.

  • Commons Research Briefing CBP-8965
  • Author: Andy Powell
  • Topics: Work & Incomes

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