Chamber news: Business Fears Over Number Not Seeking Work 

Feb 13, 2024

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is one of 54 chambers accredited by the British Chambers across the UK. Through this network, our team helps to facilitate local, national and international connections, support and representation for organisations of all sizes and from all sectors, right here in the mid Yorkshire region. 

Responding to the latest labour market data from ONS, Jane Gratton, Deputy Director Public Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce said:    

“Fewer vacancies show the labour market is softening but firms are still reporting difficulties finding skilled staff and the large number of inactive workers is concerning. 

“To grow our economy we need more skilled, engaged and motivated people to contribute to the workforce in every part of the UK.   

“Government must do more to remove barriers for people who want to work, including access to childcare, public transport, health support and training.  

“By offering more flexible workplaces, training and upskilling, employers can make their jobs more accessible to a broader talent pool and help prevent people from leaving the workforce unnecessarily. 

“The BCC’s own research indicates the labour market remains tight for many. Unless we get more people back into the workplace then the risk of higher inflation and interest rates will persist for longer.”

MY Chamber is the go-to organisation for business across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, if you would like to discuss what this latest release means for your organisation on a local level, please contact our team.

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