BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the Office for National Statistics' labour market figures for February 2021, published today.
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.
Commenting on the Women and Equalities Committee report, Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact, BCC Co-Executive Director Claire Walker said:
The British Chambers of Commerce Workplace Training and Development Commission has published its progress report on how businesses can address critical skill shortages in the UK workforce.
Results from the BCC’s Quarterly Recruitment Outlook, in partnership with Totaljobs, reveal the impact Coronavirus has had on the jobs market, with the two organisations calling for further action from government to protect businesses and jobs. 29% of businesses expect to decrease the size of their workforce in the next three months 28% decreased size of workforce in Q2 but 66% kept their workforce constant, reinforcing the success of the Job Retention Scheme The two organisations call for a cut in employer National Insurance Contributions to protect businesses and jobs.