Inquiry on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth: UK Labour Market Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Date Posted: Monday 25th July 2022
The Women’s Budget Group submitted a response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.
Summary of WBG’s response:
In the post pandemic economy, the Government must look to sure up workers’ rights and protections. This includes restructuring publicly funded parental leave entitlements, raising the rate of, and extending eligibility for, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and ensuring that employers are taking a proactive approach to creating more secure, genuinely flexible job vacancies.
As automation increasingly becomes an alternative source of labour, it is critical that the Government implement schemes to reskill and train those who have lost their jobs, of which women are more at risk, whilst also investing in new, high-quality alternatives.