Tackling unemployment is rightly top priority as 2020 comes to an end and we prepare to support increasing numbers of jobseekers in 2021. But that is no reason to lose sight of the need to support people to progress at work, enabling them to make more of their potential and increase their earnings.
That is why it is welcome that the Department for Work and Pensions has set up an In-Work Progression Commission, led by Baroness McGregor-Smith, to gather the evidence and advise Government on this issue. Reed in Partnership’s response to the Commission’s call for evidence outlines:
- The need for co-ordinated action to improve progression prospects particularly in the care sector, where there are issues around insecurity and unpredictability of work that can make progression from low-pay difficult.
- The important role of in-work adviser support to assist someone who has recently entered work. This can build their confidence, help them problem-solve potential difficulties, help them keep their eyes on a longer-term career plan and support them to move jobs if necessary.
- The fact that employers can take a lot of practical steps to increase the chances of progression in their workplaces, in the way that they structure work or analyse and take active steps to remove progression bottlenecks, for women or people from a particular ethnic minority background, for example.
You can read the full response below.
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