Extra 16 to 24-year-olds had been made redundant in the summertime of this 12 months than the entire of 2019, and there at the moment are fewer younger folks in employment than in the course of the 2008 monetary crash.
That is in response to evaluation by the TUC, which exhibits that 59,000 staff aged 16 to 24 misplaced their jobs in July to September 2020, in comparison with 56,000 throughout all of 2019. This was largely as a result of impact of the pandemic on sectors the place younger folks largely work, equivalent to lodging and meals providers.
The variety of 16 to 24-year-olds in employment has plummeted by 8% to three.5 million, its Jobs and recession monitor exhibits. The youth employment charge was highest in London, at 25.1%.
TUC normal secretary Frances O’Grady urged the chancellor to prioritise the creation of good-quality jobs in subsequent week’s spending overview as a way to forestall “a nationwide unemployment disaster”.
“This technology of younger staff should not be deserted to mass unemployment,” she stated.
“At subsequent week’s spending overview, we’d like motion to create good new jobs throughout the nation. Meaning fast-tracking funding in inexperienced transport and infrastructure on a way more formidable scale than the prime minister introduced this week.
“And it means stepping in to assist hard-hit industries like retail and hospitality – two of the most important employers of younger folks.”
Earlier this week, the chief government of commerce physique UKHospitality advised MPs on the Home of Commons BEIS committee that greater than 600,000 jobs within the sector have been misplaced this 12 months and companies have seen their annual turnover plummet by 40%.
Kate Nicholls stated: “Companies by no means actually got here out of lockdown one. Stringent restrictions had been already placing the sector beneath breakeven level. Hospitality has gone from a precarious scenario to being again into intensive care throughout this November.”
The TUC stated that fast-tracking funding in inexperienced transport and infrastructure and filling current vacancies in public providers might go some technique to alleviate the roles disaster by creating 1.8 million jobs over the subsequent two years. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister introduced a ‘inexperienced industrial revolution’ which is predicted to create 250,000 jobs.
The union physique stated the Kickstart scheme, which gives funding for job placements for 16 to 24 12 months olds at excessive danger of long run unemployment, was not but efficient because it didn’t assure a high-quality sustainable job on an honest wage for each younger unemployed particular person.
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