The coronavirus pandemic is creating far-reaching challenges across our workforce and has asked probing questions about what we value as a society.
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.
What is the just response we need must bring? Hope and new opportunities. We now have a moment to reset the dial on work, now and for the future. Beyond the crucial role that furlough has to play, we need a bold and compassionate response to the incoming waves of unemployment, to avoid more people being swept into poverty.
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 access to good employment opportunities is the most effective and reliable lifeline out of poverty.
JRF and DevoConnect considered how driving a new generation of good jobs will ensure that those hardest hit by the pandemic are not left behind, whilst delivering a more prosperous future for all of us.
The event was recorded and the link will be available here shortly.
You can view the full virtual zoom webinar here.
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