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Landmark Skills Training Report Calls For Major Reboot Of The System

Report calls for a root and branch reform of the UK’s training system to help businesses access the skills they need to boost productivity.

New Figures Show Workforce Growth Expected but Some Sectors Yet to See Signs of Revival 

The British Chambers of Commerce today released its Quarterly Recruitment Outlook for Q1 2021. The new figures show continued weakness in the job market in Q1, with 60% of the nearly 6000 businesses surveyed saying they had not attempted to recruit during the quarter. However, the percentage of firms expecting their workforce to grow in the next three months rose from 19% in Q4 2020 to 27% in Q1, the highest percentage since Q1 2020 and a return to pre-pandemic levels more broadly.

BCC Reacts To Latest UK Labour Market Figures

"With many firms struggling with the damage done to their cashflow by a year of covid restrictions, unemployment is likely to remain on an upward trajectory until well beyond a full reopening of the economy."

BCC responds to ONS labour market figures for February

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the Office for National Statistics' labour market figures for February 2021, published today.

BCC COVID-19 impact survey: cashflow remains critical

The BCC is calling for the UK Government to set out a clear roadmap for reopening as its COVID impact survey finds many firms have been pushed to the brink.

BCC responds to Women and Equalities Committee report, Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact

Commenting on the Women and Equalities Committee report, Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact, BCC Co-Executive Director Claire Walker said:

BCC welcomes proposal for increased business role in Further Education

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper.

BCC responds to opening of points-based immigration system

BCC Head of People Policy Jane Gratton comments on the opening of the government’s points-based immigration system.

BCC responds to ONS labour market statistics

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on ONS labour market statistics for November, released today.

BCC responds to ONS' September labour market figures

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the ONS labour market figures for September 2020.