Jobs search continues

Jobs search continues

The economy moves and employers together

The impact of the recession on young people is very worrying. They can no longer rely on the world to give them a job for life and a pension. Instead they need to constantly find ways of improving their relationships with potential bosses for purposes of undertaking fruitful job searches. It is estimated that 50% of the workforce at McDonald’s in the UK is younger than 21 years of age (the total number of workers is over 87,000). Jill McDonald is the CEO of that branch and has been discussing some of the labor market trends as they apply to this traditional restaurant franchise. Of course this is an employer that specializes in low paying but flexible jobs which can eat up the record numbers of people unemployed during the recession.

A future generation that has to survive without fixed jobs

The fact that the number of people below 24 years of age and out of work is the highest since the records began in 1992 has to be something of a concern for the UK government. The Office for National Statistics may also not be picking up the trends of young people who are doing jobs for which they are blatantly over-qualified. A young person who cannot get a job in the first place will find it hard to prove to an employer that they have the necessary experience. This is the paradox that is creating a bleak future for the younger generation within the United Kingdom and the rest of the developed world. Jill has some hope for those people that are using this as an apprenticeship program. She estimates that up to 90% of all restaurant managers started out on the shop floor before progressing into better things.

The so called dream of ‘social mobility’ target is being endangered by the lack of employment opportunities. The JSE scheme means that job searches have become mandatory for people who are on welfare or benefits. Unfortunately the people who are workshy use the excuse of not wanting to ‘stack shelves’. They immediately want to jump the queue and find jobs with a great reward package. At the same time the state can no longer afford to pump money into welfare programs without a clear vision of the outcomes that they are hoping for. It is a climactic situation which might send the country over the edge in much the say way as the Greek economy collapsed in recent times.

Can the government intervene?

During the New Labour years, it was presumed that everyone would get a chance to taste the trickledown theory which had been promoted by Margaret Thatcher and then adopted by Tony Blair as part of a hybrid social model. For example there could be tax breaks for those people who brought jobs back to the country. We are not yet at the stage where the government is seriously entering into partnerships with the private sector in terms of ensuring that job searches are more successful.