In July, there were plenty of updates to everyday life as we saw lockdown ease even further. Bars opened, hairdressers and barbers opened their doors and retail has seen a gradual welcome to the 'new normal'.
In terms of recruitment, there were a handful of important updates that the industry must be aware of, as they play a central role in helping people get back into work and get the economy running again.
To keep you up to date, here’s July’s recruiter news round up.
Summer Statement and the ‘Plan for Jobs’
On 8th July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the Summer Statement to Parliament and the public, containing essential updates on the UK’s economic performance during the coronavirus pandemic. There has been no doubt that the economy has suffered as a result of the pandemic, however Mr Sunak announced the ‘Plan for Jobs’, designed to boost the economy during these testing times.
The measures in this announcement included:
- Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
- The Job Retention Bonus
- Kickstart Scheme, creating jobs for under 25-year-olds
- Stamp duty holiday for house purchases under £500,000
- Temporary reduction in the rate of VAT to support businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors
The return of office working
From August, we could see more people in the office, as employers will be able to decide when their employees return to work. The government has said that the decision will then be between employer and employee, who should work together to ensure safety is a priority.
He urged that this does not mean a forced return to the office. Most office-based workers have worked remotely over recent months, with a high rate of success. Employers must ensure that the workspace is safe before allowing their offices to open; if this is not possible or it is not safe for the employee to work in the office safely, then remote working should be considered.
If you have plans on starting the return to the office, we've added our own COVID-19 Secure Return to Work document to our Coronavirus support page for you to take a look at.
Support to jobseekers revealed
July saw details released about the online job support service, part of Mr Sunak’s plan to get people back into work. The scheme is expected to work in a similar fashion to the 2008/09 Jobcentre Plus initiative, which partnered with recruitment companies to provide much-needed support to jobseekers, and will provide advice on finding work, preparing for interviews and creating work-based documentation such as CVs and cover letters. The scheme will be available for those out of work for a short period of time, to increase their chances of securing employment.
This is a great opportunity for the recruitment industry, to aid the government in getting people back to work, filling vacancies and healing the economy.
With you all the way
The past few months have been turbulent, however we’re here to support you with any questions you or your agency may have. If you would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on 01925 644 861.