Government Announcements- “A Plan for the Employment Sector”
The Chancellor has set out a plan for jobs that will see to it that the employment sector recovers from the Corona Virus outbreak thereby aiding the UK economy.
The government has broken these down into four (4) main areas of focus being: –
- A plan for jobs
- Supporting jobs
- Creating jobs
- Protecting jobs
We will examine each of these in turn: –
A plan for Jobs
This is the second part of the three-phase plan to secure the economy of the country. It must be borne in mind that the first stage was a £160 billion support package which also included £49 billion of more funding for the country’s vital public services, paying the wages of approximately 12 million people and also supporting viable businesses through grant schemes, various types of loans and rates cuts.
Seeing as the country is now entering into the second phase in its recovery, governments new plans are designed to focus more on skills and young people, investing into shovel ready projects in order to boost the employment sector immediately, a VAT cut for the hospitality sector, amongst other things.
Looking on- the third phase will focus on rebuilding and there will be a budget and spending review in the autumn.
This is a huge one for the government. They have made it abundantly clear that a job retention bonus will be introduced to help firms keep furloughed workers. As part of this commitment- UK Employers will receive £1000 for every furloughed worker that is kept on as of 31st January 2021.
Also, there will be a £2billion kickstart scheme which will be used to create fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. If you are aged 16-24, claiming universal credit and at risk of been unemployed for a long period of time- then you will be eligible for this type of scheme. Furthermore, the funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage and Employers are free to top this up if the business is in a position to.
Besides this- a total of £1.6 billion will be invested in growing and harnessing employment support schemes to assist people who are looking for jobs. For example- businesses will be given £2000 for each new apprentice that they hire under the age of 25. This is in addition to various other schemes that are aimed at supporting young people who are entering the job market at such a tumultuous time.
The plan will also create tens of thousands of jobs through bringing forward work on £8.8 billion of new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects.
The government is aware that the tourism and hospitality sectors are massive employers in the UK and this pandemic has severely affected their sector. It is estimated that about 80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April 2020 and over a million workers in this sector have been furloughed.
Once these sectors open- the government has made it a priority to ensure that there is enough demand for these businesses to safely reopen and to also recover thereby keeping employment afloat. Therefore, to encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants the Government’s new Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.
We will aim to keep you posted as the government’s plans continue to develop as far as the Employment Sector is concerned.
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