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COVID-19 Recovery Committee


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

Background

The COVID-19 Recovery Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market 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.  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.”

The Committee is investigating these two drivers behind economic inactivity to make recommendations to the Scottish Government on Scotland’s economic and social recovery from COVID. 

The Committee held an open call for views which closed on Friday 9 September 2022.

View submitted responses

Oral evidence 

The Committee took evidence on this inquiry during the following sessions;

Informal online event: 24 November 2022

The Committee hosted an informal, online meeting on the morning of Thursday, 24 November. The Committee heard from people who have a long-term health condition and people who have taken early retirement since 2020. The Committee also heard from people working in recruitment.  
 
The views shared will help inform the Committee’s inquiry into the Impact of the Pandemic on the Scottish Labour Market and any recommendations it makes to the Scottish Government. 
 
A note of the meeting is available here:

Visit to Airdrie: 28 November 2022

On Monday 28 November, the Committee visited Airdrie to speak with Remploy and Routes to Work, their service users and partners to understand what services they are providing to support people with a long-term illness into employment in North Lanarkshire. A video of the event can be found on the Scottish Parliament’s Twitter account.

The views shared will help inform the Committee’s inquiry into the Impact of the Pandemic on the Scottish Labour Market and any recommendations it makes to the Scottish Government. 

A note of the meeting is available here:

Report

The Committee published its report on 7 February 2023.

Read the report.


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