Before the pandemic ‘working from home’ was often frowned upon and likely discouraged by many bosses. Fast forward to 2023 and new flexible ways of working, including working from home full-time and hybrid working are becoming the norm.
With a month until the Budget, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is calling for reform of childcare, such as the tax-free childcare scheme, to keep parents and carers in work. REC is concerned that inaction could harm the jobs market and the recruitment industry, as labour shortages since the pandemic risks sliding into a £39bn GDP shortfall from next year.
Responding to a new survey from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which found that employers are significantly less open to hiring older workers than bringing in younger talent, REC Director of Campaigns Shazia Ejaz said: