In-Work Progression Commission: Report Launch

Department for Work and Pensions written statement – made on 1st July 2021.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In March 2020, I established the In-Work Progression Commission and appointed Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith to lead an independent review into the barriers that prevent people from progressing in work and increasing pay.

Her report, ‘Supporting progression out of low pay: a call to action’, which sets out the Commission’s findings is being published today. This timely and important report will help increase the evidence base about the nature of the barriers holding people back and how government and employers could improve progression opportunities. I would like to thank the Baroness for leading the review, as well as her Advisory Panel for their considered contributions. I will place a copy of the report in the House Library.

The Commission’s review shows we all have a role to play. The report highlights examples of great employers around the country who are leading the way and who other employers should look to learn from. It also makes recommendations for the Government which we will carefully consider and respond to in due course.

Since the Commission started its review, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the labour market and created challenges for workers and businesses throughout the country. The Government has provided an unprecedented package of support for workers and businesses throughout the pandemic and our multi-billion-pound Plan for Jobs will ensure jobseekers of all ages get the support they need to build additional skills and find work.

Building back fairer from the pandemic means better opportunities for people across the country to move into decent jobs, climb the career ladder and raise their earnings. With government and employers working together, we will achieve our ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work.