Restart and the emphasis on the long term unemployed means that employability programmes will need to look at women returning to work and those who have been carers. 

There was an increase in the National Living Wage which is a positive development for women who make up over two thirds of low paid workers. But that was balanced by the the Public Sector Pay freeze for all those earning over £24,000 as two-thirds of public sector workers.

Job-creating investment was targeted on physical infrastructure like roads and rails; these policies will do little for the many women who have lost jobs  as  12.5% of construction workers are women. Once again, social infrastructure – like social care and childcare- has been left out 

These figures come from the Women’s Budget Group analysys and ERSA will be hosting their Director for this special seminar early next month.

Women, the Covid recession, and making sure the Restart programme delivers sustainable employment
Thursday 10 December, 1-2.30pm

Any organisation that is bidding for a Restart programme needs to understand the impact of the Covid Recession on women. In this session you will hear from the experts on who has been most affected, and how you can develop programmes that meet the real need and deliver sustainable employment.


Chair: Liz Sewell FIEP, Director of the Belina GRoW programme, supporting women to get ready for work.

Register here for joining link and join the conversation.