The Queen’s Speech

Check out the REC reaction the Queen’s Speech yesterday.

We agree with Neil. It is pleasing to see that unemployment is likely to peak lower than expected and that the focus and challenge is making sure people have the skills needed to get the new jobs that will be created. A lifetime skills guarantee should help people to access a wide variety of training that will help them get back into work or take the next step in their career and we also look forward to seeing more detail in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill next week.

We are hopeful as the REC are, that a new bill will be forthcoming in the near future to include the extension to and protection of workers’ rights, tackling the abuse of the labour market, guidance on flexible working and the regulation of umbrella companies. It was great to hear that the government plans to work on reducing ethnic disparities in the economy and we are with Neil again here in that we hope this will include bringing forward plans to require an ethnicity pay gap reporting as a way to drive better diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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