Coronavirus and the labour market

UK employment had reached a record high at the start of 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the unprecedented measures taken to protect jobs during the crisis, we have seen an increase in unemployment which has been faster than anything we’ve seen before.

Understanding the nature of the impact of coronavirus on our economy and labour market is vital if we are to develop an effective response.

Our work focuses both on analysing the impact of coronavirus on our economy, and exploring what we need to do to get Britain back to work. We are also examining what the coronavirus crisis tells us about our labour market and social security system, so that what is rebuilt after the pandemic is better than what went before.

  • Research and Reports 19 05 2020

    Help wanted: Getting Britain back to work

    This discussion paper sets out suggested key priorities, evidence and proposals for how government might design and deliver its employment and skills response to the downturn caused by measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Research and Reports 08 05 2020

    Next steps for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    This report finds the scheme has been successful in limiting job losses and protecting incomes. While it has been costly, not acting would have led to a far larger increase in unemployment and to lasting damage to the economy.
  • Research and Reports 15 04 2020

    Understanding the potential impact of coronavirus in Wales

    New analysis shows Wales faces a post-pandemic jobs crisis with unemployment set to exceed the level seen during the last recession, and a particularly severe impact on young people.
  • Research and Reports 11 04 2020

    Coronavirus and the labour market: Impacts and challenges

    Coronavirus is a public health crisis, but it is also having a profound impact on our economy. We explore the early evidence of the impact on our labour market, which is set to lead to the sharpest spike in unemployment on record.

Searching for a Goldilocks exit from the CJRS

Read Stephen Evans on why the Chancellor is right to extend and reform the scheme, but needs to better target help where it is most required.

See news coverage of our work on the impact of coronavirus on employment