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The state of the labour market

Tuesday, 01 March 2011
08:30 - 10:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street

The state of the labour market

Date: Tuesday, 1 March, 2011, Time: 8.45 for 9.00 until 10.30

The Event

Britain’s labour market is in fragile health. Unemployment is high and job creation is weak. The public sector is poised to shed tens of thousands of workers this year into an economy yet to emerge fully from the financial crisis and recession. Does a new age of insecurity threaten? Or conversely, will an ambitious Coalition succeed in reducing the entrenched patterns of worklessness that evaded New Labour. To mark the publication of The Labour Market in Winter: The State of Working Britain, edited by two of the UK’s top labour economists, Paul Gregg and Jonathan Wadsworth, this event will consider the employment legacy of the last government, the success of policy interventions made during the recession, and the jobs outlook for the next few years.

The event will ask and answer the following questions

  • What was the employment legacy left by the previous government?
  • How did the recession affect the labour market – and what more should or could have been done?
  • Are we in a jobless recovery?
  • What is the jobs outlook for the next few years?


  • Jonathan Wadsworth, professor of economics at Bristol University
  • Response from Will Hutton, executive vice chair at The Work Foundation
  • Chair: Stephen Overell, associate director, policy, The Work Foundation

Who should attend?
Policy makers, researchers, everyone interested in state of the labour market

This event is free to attend.
To reserve your place on this event, please email and include your name, company, job title, email address and telephone number. 



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