The government has announced that it is dropping the 30-job minimum threshold for employers wishing to take part in the Kickstart scheme. Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said:
In the final quarter of 2020, employers were feeling more confident about hiring and an increasing proportion expected to bring in new permanent staff in the coming months – despite the health restrictions brought on by rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and worsening economic circumstances.
The CIPD has responded to concerns that worker protections could be ripped up as part of a post-Brexit overhaul of UK labour employment law, warning that the current framework already strikes the right balance for workers and employers.
Following the Chancellor’s commitment to provide new grants to businesses, the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, is urging the Government to extend the furlough scheme to the end of June.
In his Spending Review yesterday the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, highlighted a disparity between public sector and private sector wages, adding he "cannot justify a significant, across-the-board" pay increase for all public sector workers in the circumstances.
Following the news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a £4.6bn package to help the unemployed back to work in the Spending Review, please find a reactive comment from Mariano Mamertino, Senior Economist for EMEA at LinkedIn, below: