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UK labour supply

Inquiry

There has been a significant reduction in the size of the UK labour force following the COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on economic activity. Labour shortages are affecting a wide range of sectors and may have important economic consequences.

The Economic Affairs Committee is seeking to understand the main causes of the reduction in the size of the labour force, and it will explore data on the types of people who have left the labour market. The Committee is also interested in what differences exist between labour market trends in the UK compared with those in other developed countries.

 

Useful information

Two million more women in work since 2010, as unemployment remains low (Department for Work & Pensions)

Labour market overview, UK - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk) - SEPTEMBER 2022

 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 30 September 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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2nd Report - Where have all the workers gone? (20 December 2022)
Inquiry UK labour supply
HL Paper 115
Report
Response to this report
Letter from the Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to the Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee (26 May 2023)
Government Response
Response to this report
Letter from the Chair of the Economics Affairs Committee to Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (15 May 2023)
Correspondence
Response to this report
Letter to Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from the Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee (15 May 2023)
Correspondence
Response to this report
Government Response from the Department of Works and Pensions to the UK labour supply inquiry (April 2023)
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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22 November 2022
Inquiry UK labour supply
Witnesses Sir Paul Tucker (former Chair at Systemic Risk Council), and Errki Liikanen (Co-Chair at Systemic Risk Council)
Oral Evidence
8 November 2022
Inquiry UK labour supply
Witnesses Kevin Hollinrake MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy), Mike Warren (Official at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy), Guy Opperman MP (Minister of State at Department for Work & Pensions), and Ronan O'Connor (Director of Labour Markets Strategy at Department for Work and Pensions)
Oral Evidence
8 November 2022
Inquiry UK labour supply
Witnesses Huw Pill (Chief Economist and Executive Director for Monetary Analysis at Bank of England)
Oral Evidence
The Financial Conduct Authority (ULS0034)
The Chartered Institute of Building (ULS0033)
Institute of Directors (ULS0032)

Contact us

  • Email: economicaffairs@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 5358 (committee staff) | 020 7219 6640 (Press Officer)
  • Address: Economic Affairs Committee, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW