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COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Road to recovery: impact of the pandemic on the Scottish labour market


The COVID-19 Recovery Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on labour market inactivity and the prospects for recovery in the short, medium and long-term. We are specifically focused on the long-term sick component of economically inactive people, as well as people who have chosen early retirement.  

A key issue that has arisen as part of the economic and social recovery from COVID is the emergence of a persistently high number of economically inactive people. The ONS defines economic inactivity as “people not in employment who have not been seeking work within the last 4 weeks and/or are unable to start work within the next 2 weeks.” 

Your views

The Committee is keen to hear a wide range of views to help inform its inquiry. The key questions that it would like to hear views on are:

  • What are the key factors driving the increase in labour market inactivity?
  • Has long-COVID been a factor in current levels of labour market inactivity? If so, is this likely to be a permanent feature of the labour market?
  • What has been the labour market impact of the pandemic on people with pre-existing health conditions?
  • What factors have influenced some people to take early retirement?
  • Thinking about labour market participation, have certain groups of society and parts of the country been impacted more than others?
  • Have there been sectoral differences from economic inactivity – for example, have Health and Hospitality sectors been more exposed than, for example, Finance?
  • What policies might encourage people to re-enter the labour market?

The deadline for making a submission is Friday 9th September 2022.

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