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CBI says UK employment 'hindered by deep-seated structural problems'

CBI says UK employment 'hindered by deep-seated structural problems'

The UK has a series of deep-seated problems that must be addressed if more people are to get into work, it has been claimed.

According to the CBI, skills shortages are a major headache the UK has to tackle, as well as dependency on public-sector roles in many areas and pockets of high unemployment in urban areas.

The organisation stated that by 2017, 56 per cent more jobs will require applicants to hold degree-level qualifications, while the demand for people with little academic background will decrease by 12 per cent.

John Cridland, CBI director-general, said that the extent of the problem has been laid bare during the economic downturn.

"The boom years before the recession masked the extent of deep-rooted problems in parts of the labour market, including long-term unemployment and an unhealthy dependency on the public sector," he added.

According to the Trade Union Congress, it could take up to five years before employment reaches levels seen before the economic downturn.

Posted by Chris Seel

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