Cost-of-living support and productivity gains must be at the heart of new Prime Minister’s agenda, says CIPD


Ben Willmott, head of public policy at CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said:

“The new Prime Minister’s immediate priority is to take action to support individuals and businesses during the cost of living crisis, especially as it peaks over the winter. Effective and targeted support will be needed to help workers and businesses hardest hit by soaring energy costs.

“However, it is crucial that the government also acts to increase productivity and business growth through key reforms in skills and other policy areas that can boost employer investment in training, management skills and technology.

“The new government should firmly resist any temptation to weaken employment rights and worker protections. The UK is already one of the least regulated labor markets among developed economies, with above-average levels of employment and a high proportion of workers in permanent employment. Business surveys consistently show that UK SMEs do not see employment regulation as a significant barrier to growth, strongly suggesting that any push for deregulation in this area would be an unnecessary and potentially damaging distraction.

“Instead, the government should focus on delivering on previous commitments to reform labor market enforcement and support the creation of more flexible workplaces. These policy changes can help raise workplace standards. employment in general and to create more and better jobs.”


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