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COVID-19 and employment in towns and cities

24 June 2021

On Tuesday 29 June, the COVID-19 Committee explores the long-term impact of the pandemic on employment in towns and cities.

The pandemic has changed longstanding approaches to work and employment, with many people moving, almost overnight, from working in offices to working from home. Post-pandemic there may be opportunities to reconsider our relationship with work and employment, such as increased flexible working arrangements (beyond merely homeworking) and increased redistribution of work opportunities.

In this session, the Committee will consider how the pandemic is changing the nature of employment, including its effect on the location of employment, people’s working patterns and the skills needed by employers, as well as any resulting impact on inequality. Members are also eager to learn more about specific suggestions for policy interventions that can help create long-term high-quality work opportunities in vibrant and sustainable towns and cities.


At 9.45am, the Committee will hear evidence from:

  • Mark Gregory, Centre for Towns
  • Joe Fitzsimons, Senior Policy Adviser, Institute of Directors
  • Kate Cox, Chief Marketing Officer, Moneypenny
  • Nye Cominetti, Senior Economist, Resolution Foundation

Themes for discussion

  • The long-term impact of the pandemic on where businesses and jobs are located
  • The long-term impact of the pandemic on people’s working patterns, and the balance between homeworking and workplace working
  • The long-term impact of the pandemic on the need to reskill and upskill staff
  • The likelihood that pandemic-related changes in employment will lead to new and exciting changes to how space is used in towns and cities or how new economic opportunities can be created
  • The practical interventions required to ensure that post-pandemic employment helps to create high-quality work opportunities in sustainable towns and cities.

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