Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Deep Impact of Recession on UK Workforce

The CIPD Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is Europe's largest HR and development professional body with over 135,000 members, supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations Public Policy at CIPD promotes an agenda for Productive Workplaces to boost economic performance and improve the quality of working life.

On the 25th January 2010 it issued a Press Release entitled “ Deep Impact of Recession on UK Workforce greater than headline jobs figures convey, says CIPD”

The release went on to say ”With official figures due to be released this week likely to show that the UK economy is growing again, the latest Work Audit - The jobs recession in 3D - from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) finds that the overall impact of the recession on the UK workforce has been much deeper than the headline employment and unemployment figures indicate.
The CIPD study finds that:
- 1.31 million people were made redundant during the recession - double the net fall in employment and equivalent to 4.4 per cent of people in work before the downturn.

- There were 6.2 million fresh claims for Jobseeker's Allowance between April 2008 and November 2009 - 7.5 times the rise in the unemployment claimant count during the recession, highlighting the degree to which many people are struggling to find permanent jobs.

- Two-thirds of people made redundant during the recession who subsequently found work were paid less in their new job. The average pay penalty was 28%.

Dr John Philpott, Chief Economic Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) comments:

"Although the scale of job loss in the recession is much less than originally feared and much less than might have been expected given the scale of the contraction in the economy, it is evident that the direct experience of redundancy, repeat spells of unemployment and pay penalties has nonetheless been widespread. Moreover, given that redundancy also affects the families, friends and former colleagues of those made redundant the full experience of the jobs recession has been wider still. This is likely to have a much greater impact on perceptions of job security and consumer confidence during the recovery than the simple 'unemployment situation is better than feared' story of the moment would suggest."

It is most important that even though the recession is nearing its end in the UK that employees are fully trained up so that they can promote their skills if they have to change jobs. jml training has a specialist “Train to Gain” page on the website and an employer can receive a grant of up to £1000 to put towards training to develop leadership skills, funded by Train to Gain's Leadership & Management programme. Visit the jml Training website at http://www.jml-training.com for full information on training services

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