Go-slow has hinted at what will happen and that is the situation is going to be left to pan out by itself , This wont address the people who have NEVER worked in their lives
If I was 20 years younger I would be worried for the UK , as it is I am slowly joining the ranks of I am alright jack and thinking sod it who cares
Saying we need to spend more and often struggling businesses need to pay people more are idealistic and not practical suggestions for what we can actually do.
Stop them smoking, take away the staffordshire bull terrier,sky and ban them from tattoo parlours that should fix them.
Stopping making it financially advantageous to have lots of children would be a start - but it won't happen because politicians would rather buy votes with public money.
Big Jawa - I cant comment on what goes on in your neck of the woods, only what I see every day, we dont descriminate on nationality, we just dont see British people looking for work. BTW the Poles are not going back for any reason other than there's a lot more work in their own country than there was, sadly its the more motivated ones that are leaving, the lazy sponging gits are staying.
My solution to the problem would be investing in adult training and education, proper skills based training not David Beckham studies.
Veggie Dave's story of trying to retrain and the problems of not being able to sign on and train is ludicrous.
The group I work for are experiencing the same problems as Big Petes company, a shortage of semi-skilled and skilled workers. The situation in China is changing as their workers demand higher wages, we are bringing manufacturing processes back to the UK but certain trades are vastly reduced and reviving them needs trained people. This lack of trained workers is holding the UK back.
Better tax breaks for companies to invest in training staff, allow people to continue to claim benefits if they are in job based training would be my start in reducing unemployment.
Many European mfg plants have automated to such an extent that employee wages & direct production costs are neglibible but they still can't come close on costs (TAC) to their increasingly inflating (price wise) Chinese competition (even landed pricing) and that can only be down to three reasons (I'm ignoring financing costs):
1. Newer and more efficient mfg tooling
2. Clever/cynical interpretation of mfg specification - imo recycled alloys are easy to misrepresent
3. Local costs of running a Business (though this advantage diminishes to a degree in-line with the volume of production)
China is easily taken out of the equation by either banning imports or Taxing Imports this will enable the Uk manufacturers to compete and it will be a cleaner greener product
Is it any wonder the governments cant come up with a fix for the 2.6 mill unemployed seeing as the TRC massive cant either
Cant for the life of me believe people think penalising the kids like this is ok
The companys mentioned on here that are hiring foreign workers on the minimum wage but getting extra hours out of them for free need to be stopped in their tracks and forced to pay the going rate thus making it viable to take on people from the UK