Labour Market Update – October 2022
The latest ONS Labour Market Overview reported:
The Institute for Employment Studies briefing – Labour Market Statistics October 2022 notes that unemployment has continued its downward trend, with employment also down but economic inactivity has risen significantly to 21.7%. The IES are calling on the government to extend the Restart Scheme, improve access to specialist health and worker related support and increased investment in skills.
Research from Imperial College published in July 2022 found that of the long-term sick:
The latest CBI annual employment trends survey reports that shortages of labour are having a material effect on firms’ ability to operate at full capacity:
The Resolution Foundation has published its Labour Market Outlook Q3 2022 and highlights the rise in employment of the disabled population. The share of workers with a disability (16%) is considerably larger than the estimates for the share of workers with long covid (3%). The report states that the share of the working-age population with a disability has grown from around 10% to 15% in the last 10 years.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published its State of Industry Report Q2 2022. It found that industry confidence has fallen to the lowest since records began in 2018. The outlook is bleak with 45% of respondents expecting the outlook for their business to deteriorate in Q3. Unfilled vacancies remain a major concern with the vacancy rate per 100 employees increasing to 6.3% (from 5.1%). Manufacturers are tackling the shortages by increasing pay and benefits, increasing flexibility and upskilling their workforce but this is impacting on production levels and cost. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee’s Food Security inquiry consultation has now closed.
The Home Office has announced that it has taken the modern slavery brief away from the minister for safeguarding and classed it as an “illegal immigration and asylum” issue. The move is seen as a clear sign that the Home Office will be doubling down on the Home Secretary’s suggestion that people are “gaming” the modern slavery system a view not shared by the GLAA Chief Executive Watchdog disputes Braverman’s claim modern slavery laws being ‘gamed’.
The latest Ipsos tracker research for British Future has been tracking shifting public attitudes to immigration since 2015. Its latest research found that “overall numbers matter less to the public now, their priority Is that immigration is controlled, rather than reduced”. There have been no further updates to the Employer’s guide to right to work checks.
The Seasonal Worker visa route currently allows up to:
The RFI process for the horticulture operators’ licences is still in process and a decision is expected imminently. There continues to be reports in the press about worker exploitation within the scheme. The Guardian reported that the “rapid expansion visa scheme leaves seasonal workers at risk of exploitation”