By David Hagendyk, Director for Wales.
As we move towards the next stage of the crisis, the government should rightly focus on tackling unemployment. However, the issue of good work – that was not long ago at the top of policy makers agenda – must not lose prominence.
New analysis shows Wales faces a post-pandemic jobs crisis with unemployment set to exceed the level seen during the last recession, and a particularly severe impact on young people.
The analysis, conducted by Learning and Work Institute, finds that 250,000 jobs in Wales are in ‘shutdown sectors’. These are the industries which have been most impacted by the measures to slow the spread of the virus, and where most businesses have been forced to reduce trading or close altogether. Nearly one in five jobs (18%) in Wales are in shutdown sectors.
If just one in four of these workers lost their jobs, unemployment could exceed the level seen at the last recession.
The analysis also reveals that young people, women and those with the lowest qualification levels are more likely to face losing their jobs as a result of the crisis. It shows: