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[IWS] OECD: EMPLOYMENT AND SKILLS STRATEGIES IN ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM & ECONOMIC SURVEY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM 2015 [24 February 2015]
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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
ECONOMIC SURVEY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM 2015 [24 February 2015]
[read online, 138 pages]
EMPLOYMENT AND SKILLS STRATEGIES IN ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM [24 February 2015]
[read online, 112 pages]
This report delivers evidence-based and practical recommendations on how to better support employment and economic development in England. It builds on sub-national data analysis and consultations with local stakeholders in Nottingham and North Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands as well as Hull and Scarborough in Yorkshire and the Humber. It provides a comparative framework to understand the role of the local level in contributing to more and better quality jobs. The report can help national and local policy makers in England and the UK build effective and sustainable partnerships at the local level, which join-up efforts and achieve stronger outcomes across employment, training, and economic development policies. Co-ordinated policies can help workers find suitable jobs, while also stimulating entrepreneurship and productivity, which increases the quality of life and prosperity within a community as well as throughout the country.
Press Release 24 February 2015
The UK economy is doing well, but the job is not yet finished. Unleashing productivity is key to sustaining strong growth, says OECD
24/02/2015 - The United Kingdom’s economy is projected to expand this year and next, but challenges remain to boost productivity and make future growth more inclusive, according to the .
The Survey, presented in London by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and UK Chancellor George Osborne, says that annual growth in the UK rose 2.6% in 2014, the fastest among G7 countries, and is projected to be at the same rate this year. The recovery has been underpinned by highly accommodative monetary policy and measures to support lending and revive the housing market. With a vibrant and inclusive labour market, the unemployment rate has fallen rapidly to 5.7% and employment is at record levels. However, labour productivity has been sluggish since 2007, which is holding back real wages and improvements in living standards. House prices have increased rapidly as housing supply has not risen to meet demand.
“The United Kingdom has made tremendous progress exiting from the worst economic crisis of our lifetime. Job creation is remarkable and growth is strong, but the UK has to finish the job,” Secretary-General Gurría said. “Boosting productivity is essential to making this recovery durable and to ensuring that the benefits are shared by all. This requires further efforts to improve infrastructure, enhance access to finance for sound businesses and promote skills.”
In a second report also released today, , the OECD says that gradual devolution of employment and skills policies to the local level can support growth and productivity by improving connections between skill formation and employers’ needs.
The Economic Survey addresses several ways in which productivity could be enhanced. The UK is one of the most flexible economies in the OECD, and structural reforms have strengthened work incentives and supported an already positive business friendly environment. However, improvements in education and skills are necessary as well as measures to reduce income inequality. Developing further the knowledge-based economy (including innovation and skills), and strengthening infrastructure and improving the financing of the economy are also critical in this regard.
Indeed, greater infrastructure investment is also at the core of raising productivity. To improve investment prospects, the OECD suggests that the UK further develops its long-term infrastructure strategy and planning by making the National Infrastructure Plan more prominent. With limited public resources, infrastructure financing could come more in the form of public-private partnerships and public guarantees for privately financed infrastructure projects. The Green Investment Bank and other targeted financial aids should be strengthened to meet environmental goals. Improving land use planning and regulation is also key to enhancing housing investment and increasing affordability for first-time buyers.
Major and welcome reforms have been implemented to strengthen banks and tighten financial supervision and regulation. But banks in the UK could still pose a risk and businesses still find it difficult to secure financing. The OECD suggests further reforms to enhance banking sector stability, which should support lending in the medium term. Better sharing of credit information and the development of new credit providers, which should be properly supervised, would increase credit availability.
The OECD also recommends that the burden of consolidation measures should be fairly shared among citizens. The exact composition of medium-term fiscal adjustment will need to be set out clearly and the Economic Survey formulates recommendations both on the revenue and spending side.
An Overview of the Economic Survey of the UK is available at: .
An is available, together with information about downloadable and print versions.
Further information on the OECD Reviews on Local Job Creation is available at: .
A freely is also available for this report.
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