CBI calls for action on youth jobs after rise in unemployment

Published on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 11:12
Posted by Scott Buckler

The CBI today commented on official data showing unemployment rose by 129,000 to 2.62 million in the three months to September, including a rise in youth unemployment to over a million

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:

"These figures underline why we need urgent action to help our young people take their first steps in the labour market. A generation risks being scarred by the devastating effects of long-term unemployment.

"We are calling for action for jobs now, with a clear plan to get the UK working, focusing on our young people.

"The Chancellor should use his autumn statement to announce a Young Britain Credit, worth £1500, to encourage firms to take on an unemployed 16 to 24 year-old.

"We also need further steps to reform the benefits system to make work really pay and to foster better links between businesses and schools to boost the attractiveness of young people in the labour market."

 

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