It has been noted by many that the Employment Bill was not mentioned in the Queen’s speech (delivered by Prince Charles) at all yesterday.
The APSCo has said this suggests that the skills agenda is slipping down the government’s priority list.
Tania Bowers, Global Public Policy Director at APSCo, commented, “The Employment Bill has already been delayed and it is disappointing that it was missing from the Queen’s Speech [today] despite multiple calls for its inclusion in recent weeks. The UK’s employment market is not fit for purpose in the current economic landscape and APSCo has warned that this long-awaited Bill needs to be pushed forward swiftly if the country is to recover from the impact of the pandemic and Brexit.
“While it was made clear in [today’s] speech that the government’s priority is to strengthen the economy, the absence of the Employment Bill and no clarity around the Single Enforcement Body will be a limitation on achieving this.
“It’s clear that the future of the labour market needs to be flexible, dynamic and fair, but current legislation is not designed to support this.
“The self-employed have a crucial role to play in the skills short environment that we are experiencing and in order to ensure these individuals are adequately supported and able to operate in a flexible manner without being penalised is important. We’re already seeing Off Payroll case law impacting this segment of the market and the UK is at risk of diminishing its own flexible workforce if action isn’t taken.”