A survey of more than 2,000 employers has found that employers’ redundancy intentions have only risen modestly compared with three months ago, highlighting the importance of the government’s Job Retention Scheme.
The latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook report from the CIPD and the Adecco Group also shows that more than half of private sector firms are preparing to freeze pay over the next 12 months, while employer hiring intentions have fallen to their lowest levels since the survey began in 2005.
Key findings in the latest Labour Market Outlook:
- More than a fifth (22%) of organisations expect to make some redundancies in the three months to July 2020; up 6 percentage points on the previous quarter.
- Employers making use of the government’s Job Retention Scheme said that they would, on average, have made 35% of their workforce redundant if it weren’t for the Job Retention Scheme.
- Median basic pay expectations overall are for a 1% increase, down from a 2% increase last quarter. Basic pay increase expectations in the private sector are zero, compared with 2% three months ago. Meanwhile, pay increase expectations remain unchanged in the public sector (1.5%) and voluntary sector (2%).
- Hiring intentions have fallen to their lowest levels since the survey began in 2005. Just two in five (40%) of employers are planning to recruit in the three months to July 2020, compared to 66% in Winter 2019/20.
Gerwyn Davies, CIPD Senior Policy Adviser for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, commented, “While hiring and pay prospects have taken a significant turn for the worse, employers have so far held off from making large-scale job cuts. The government’s Job Retention Scheme is undoubtedly a key factor, but many employers have also succeeded in achieving a step change in homeworking which, along with other steps to reduce costs, has avoided the need for large-scale redundancies.