‘Future of jobs’ report calls for more work between schools and business

Progress on inclusion, social mobility, pay gaps and productivity are among the new ways that government and business need to measure the success of the UK jobs market, a report by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has recommended.

‘The future of jobs – creating the best jobs market in the world by 2025’, published by the REC today, is the culmination of six months’ discussion and research by a panel of labour market specialists, HR and recruitment executives, unions and others, and chaired by the Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, a former employment minister.

In a prepared statement, McVey noted the “seismic changes” affecting the world of work, and called for greater collaboration between business and schools to help individuals build the necessary skills to capitalise on new opportunities.

Also recommended in the report is the creation of a new employment and skills advisory committee to “review data and take evidence to help the government plan investments in training, and immigration policy”.

Other proposals reinforce recommendations already experiencing some traction in public discussion such as extending the reach of the Apprenticeship Levy into a broader training funding vehicle to benefit a wider audience, the use of greater creativity in recruitment practices and removing barriers for under-represented groups, and engaging with schools, colleges and universities to better prepare people for the world of work.

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