Youth unemployment figures show change in government policy necessary

Prof Philip Booth comments on the latest unemployment statistics

Today's youth unemployment figures signal the need for a change in government policy. Commenting on the change, Professor Philip Booth, Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

"For 15 years, successive governments have increased the regulatory burden on employers, something that has continued under the coalition. Attempts at deregulation under the current government have been overwhelmed by new regulatory burdens in the form of an extension of the minimum wage to younger people; increased maternity rights; complulsory pension provision; and the temporary workers' directive. It has been estimated that these will cost £23billion by the end of the current parliament.

"Such regulation destroys job opportunies, especially for young people and those who have recently been employed. Experience in continental Europe sugggests that there is a danger of a cycle of decline where the skills of the unemployed deteriorate and they find it even harder to get jobs so that unemployment terms lengthen and levels of joblessness settle at much higher levels."


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