JETS is unlikely to make much of a difference, says IEA expert
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Responding to the launch of the Government’s £238m JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support) scheme, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton, said:
“The JETS is unlikely to make much of a difference.
“The scheme is a repackaging of already announced extra funding for work coaches for the unemployed, but from the details given so far there is no startling new feature.
“Worthy help for people who find it difficult to write CVs or present themselves at interview has long been a feature of the work of Jobcentres, often outsourced to charity providers such as Shaw Trust.
“This scheme will initially start with those who have been unemployed for 13 weeks, so will be dealing with those who were out of work in the Spring, not those who are currently losing jobs as furlough ends.
“It will offer relatively little to people who were employed in good jobs which have been destroyed by COVID-19 regulations, or well-qualified young graduates entering the labour market in the summer.
“The Chancellor would do better to push for an early end to restrictions on people-facing businesses, and ensure that all continuing restrictions are based on evidence rather than ‘sending signals’ to a misbehaving public.
“In the medium term he should press his colleagues in the Government to undertake a comprehensive programme of deregulation of product and labour markets, to make it easier to create new businesses to generate the jobs of the future.”
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