Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Committee launches inquiry into UK labour market

13 June 2022

The labour market inquiry aims to identify economic and labour trends as part of a broader inquiry on economic growth and recovery following the pandemic. The committee wants to gather information from experts / unions / businesses, so it can investigate challenges faced by workers and employers, and how they can be supported.

 The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures earlier this year showing that there are currently more job vacancies than people to fill them. An aging population and changes in migration have affected the workforce, and the role of technology, legislation and government support is vital to removing the skills and worker shortages.

The call for evidence focuses on five areas:

•    The state of play in the UK labour market post-Brexit and the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on recruitment, skills shortages and the growth of the labour market.

•    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology in the workplace

•    Workers’ rights and protections

•    Employment status and modern working practices five years on from the Taylor Review

•    The impact of an ageing population on the labour market.

Evidence can be submitted until 8 July 2022.

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