Sunday September 27, 2020
For the road ahead

Cut unemployment rate now by unlocking 600,000 public service vacancies and staff gaps


A new union report sets out proposals for a public sector jobs drive to stave off mass unemployment and help the UK quickly recover from the Covid-19 recession. 

The UK entered the Covid-19 crisis with our public services weakened by a decade of cuts. But public service workers gave their all to keep essential services going. 

As we move out of the public health crisis, we are moving towards an economic crisis, with the Bank of England warning of mass unemployment with 2.5 million people out of work by the end of the year. 

The report sets out a plan for public sector jobs to contribute to the fast employment growth the UK now needs. 

It identifies the additional staff required across the public sector to fill vacancies, address shortfalls in provision and meet future need. 

Unions calling for government to urgently unlock the 600,000 jobs identified, including: 

  • 135,000 in health  

  • 220,000 in adult social care   

  • 110,000 in local government   

  • 80,000 in education  

  • 50,000 in civil service / public administration   

Taken together with proposals to create 1.25 million jobs by fast-tracking green infrastructure investment, this plan could deliver a total of 1.85 million new jobs in the next two years. 

The government must invest now to put the UK on the upside path - by preventing mass unemployment. Otherwise the nation will suffer the high costs of mass unemployment, weak revenue and slow growth for many years ahead. 

Report: A plan for public service jobs to help prevent mass unemployment


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