REC response to ONS labour market figures, March 2022
The ONS has published its latest labour market statistics this morning. Commenting on the figures, Chief Executive of the REC Neil Carberry said:
“Businesses across the country are doing what they can on pay, both for existing staff and to help them hire in a jobs market experiencing a severe labour shortage. But rising inflation both makes that effort hard, and reduces the gains workers feel from pay rises. In real terms, average pay has fallen compared to last year. Now is not the right time to be increasing taxes on work for both companies and workers. Ahead of the spring statement, we're urging the Chancellor to delay the upcoming rise in National Insurance - the UK’s biggest business tax, as well as an additional income tax for workers.
“A key way to reduce the pressure on our economy and keep inflation down will be to focus on ensuring employment rates and hours worked recover to pre-pandemic levels. Inactivity is still rising, so firms and government need to work together to address this. Recruiters have a key role to play here, from helping government with activation schemes to supporting employers with new forms of job offer to tempt people back into work.”
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