Work coaches to be doubled in UK as lockdown affects jobs market
LONDON (UK) – The number of job coaches is to be doubled by the British government as part of tackling an increase in unemployment because of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the finance ministry said on Saturday.
The ministry said the number of work coaches at British job centres will be increased to 27,000 at a cost of 800 million pounds.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak is likely to announce his next steps for bringing the world’s fifth-biggest economy on track from its lockdown plunge, which caused a 20% contraction in output in April.
The number of people on British employers’ payrolls came down to more than 600,000 in April and May. Vacancies dropped by the most on record in the three months until May.
With the work coaches, jobseekers are expected to get personalised support to work upon their skills and improve their employment prospects, the ministry added.
Britain should consider expanding its unemployment benefits to aid people to get into the kind of work that is likely to be in demand post lockdown, told the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Gita Gopinath.
Moreover, the employers have demanded the government to reduce their social security contributions and take measures that would help them keep workers on their books. This would have more significance after Britain’s huge state furlough scheme expires at the end of October.
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