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Future of the UK labour market

Katie Schmuecker

7 February 2014

What are the links between jobs, skills and poverty? This round-up brings together a series of projects that explore these links and look at the changing face of employment in Britain.

Key points

  • Tax and benefit reforms will fail to tackle poverty unless the lower end of the UK labour market is addressed.
  • The UK has a higher number of low-paid, low-skilled jobs than most developed countries and companies must be encouraged to compete more on quality and less on cost.
  • There must be greater demand for skilled workers from employers, as well as more focus on staff progression and putting existing skills to use.

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