The findings of the REC's Future of jobs commission
This report is the concluding product of our Future of jobs commission. The commission brought together experts from the recruitment industry, HR professionals in the private and public sectors as well as from government, think tanks and trade unions to discuss the kind of jobs market we should be aspiring to build in the country by 2025.
The commission considered big challenges that employers and their recruitment partners need to adapt to face in the next seven years, including:
- the hollowing out of jobs market, with mid-skill jobs declining in favor of larger proportions of high- and low-skilled jobs in many sectors, sometimes exacerbated by automation
- how demographics mean changes in candidate availability, as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials become more influential in the workplace
- how Brexit and its aftermath will profoundly impact candidate availability by altering the types and numbers of foreign workers from the EU.
The commission concluded that the UK’s future job market should be one where people:
- can find work and progress within work
- can succeed through work irrespective of their background
- have genuine choice over how they work and their own contractual arrangements
- know their rights and are confident that regulations are enforced effectively
- have a voice at work and feel fulfilled, respected and recognised.
The future of jobs report makes recommendations to business and employers, government and recruiters about the part they can play in achieving these goals and building the best jobs market in the world.