The jobs market
Unemployment is likely to remain high through the coming months - and the UK has a more widespread problem of economic inactivity
What we do
Job creation depends on establishing a labour market that works for businesses and the wider society. The CBI's Getting the UK Working campaign is considering all these issues, supported by a steering group of business leaders and thought leaders in the fields of employment, skills and welfare, and will report in November.
Jobs market overview
There is a strong business case - as well as a social one - for addressing the problems of unemployment and non-participation in the labour market: Those in work are healthier, live longer and are better off. Firms' ability to access the right people with the right skills will help the UK to remain an attractive place to do business.
The Agency Workers Regulations came into force on October 1, 2011. Despite the 12-week qualification period for each temp to be in a firm before the rules are applied, the regulations - which give agency workers equal treatment with employees of a firm - impose direct costs, compliance and administrative burdens and an increased risk of tribunal activity, affecting over 1.6m workers and costing employers an estimated £1.8bn a year.
We are calling for an early post-implementation review of the regulations in October 2012, and are keen to hear from members about their experience of the regulations now they have come into force. We continue to lobby for the removal of unnecessary gold-plating of the directive and for changes to the definition of pay and the operation of the qualifying period.
News and publications
CBI/Harvey Nash Employment Trends Survey 2012
Contrary to the rhetoric from some unions, companies are working together with their staff to overcome challenging economic conditions, a survey by the CBI and recruitment specialists Harvey Nash reveals
Higher visa fees a ‘bitter blow’, says CBI
Skilled workers who apply from abroad will have to pay £480 instead of the current £400
CBI Employment Trends Surveys 2011
CBI/Harvey Nash report reveals continuing private-sector jobs growth - but concerns remain
Making Britain the Place to Work
An employment agenda for the new government