The coronavirus pandemic is creating far-reaching challenges across our workforce. Workers on low incomes, who are often employed in badly hit sectors such as hospitality and retail are facing a double whammy of high job losses alongside a skills gap which can act as a barrier to accessing new work.
But the news isn’t all bad. Our response to the waves of unemployment presents an opportunity to reset the dial on work. By investing in a raft of good jobs; that offer those on low incomes better pay, steady hours and more opportunities to progress, we can ensure that work is once again the most effective and reliable lifeline out of poverty. A new generation of good jobs will also help deliver a stronger economy for all of us.
At this webinar JRF and Conservative Home considered how the Government can best target its measures to bring about a good jobs recovery: a just response ensuring people and sectors worst affected by the pandemic are not left behind, putting good quality work at the heart of its agenda.
This lively debate covered:
- Which sectors, people and places are being hardest hit by job losses and why?
- What is the role for public investment in driving a new generation of good jobs that provide people with opportunities to get on?
- How can we ensure that we act quickly to provide the training needed, so that those of us worst affected can transfer into new roles?
- What powerful lessons can we learn from previous cycles of recession and recovery about how to create a stronger economy for all of us?
If you would like to learn more about our involvement at the Party conferences, contact Malou Lindholm, Head of Events, Joseph Rowntree Foundation for more information.