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Keir Starmer speech at UK Finance

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Labour leader, Keir Starmer, spoke at UK Finance this morning (27th Feb)

Sector Response

Shazia Ejaz, REC Director of Campaigns, said:

“Recruiters urge both businesses and governments to heed the call in today’s speech to work in partnership on people planning as new job adverts hit a14-month high and the number of existing job adverts sits at more than 1.3 million. The UK economy stands to lose up to £39 billion in GDP every year from 2024 unless business and governments act on labour shortages. Business needs to take a long-term view with their hiring, and we need a proper skills and labour market strategy from Westminster.

“We support moves to improve people’s working lives. That also means more flexibility if we are to encourage people with caring responsibilities, the over 50s or long-term unemployed, back into work. Let’s not unintentionally prevent people from working in a way that suits both them and their employers.

“Recruiters are supportive of more flexible skills training for apprenticeships and the short courses mentioned in today’s speech. But this must include a focus on entry-level training and apprenticeships, where employers are reporting significant staff shortages.”

Anthony Painter, Policy Director at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), said:

“Kickstarting economic growth requires addressing the UK’s lagging productivity. Experts suggest that more than half of the productivity gap between the UK and the USA can be attributed to poor management. 

“Labour will need to consider what policy can do to create better managers and leaders in both the public sector and the UK’s small and mid-sized businesses –  two areas that dominate our economy but historically have failed to invest in their leaders. It’s time to correct that shortcoming if the UK’s economy is to keep pace with the G7 and deliver meaningful, sustained growth.”

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