General Election 2019: Staff have little faith in job creation promises

More than half of UK workers do not believe the promises made by political parties regarding job creation will be adhered to, regardless of who wins today (12/12/19).

This is according to a study conducted by CV-Library, a UK job board which found that 58 per cent of UK professionals do not think political parties can live up to the job creation promises they have made.

Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) said the General Election has impacted their decision whether or not to look for a new job. Over a third (34 per cent) admitted to still being undecided with who they are going to vote for.

The Conservatives have pledged 50,000 new nurses which later turned out to include 18,500 existing nurses who the Government hopes to persuade to remain in the workforce. Labour has promised it will create 1 million Green jobs in the energy sector to tackle the climate crisis.

Also, according to our HRreview live poll, 65 per cent feel a four-day week is not viable for their businesses. This is another promise that John McDonnell, Labour Shadow Chancellor made. The party is planning to cut down the average time of a working week to 32 hours within the next decade.

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said:

There have been a great number of pledges made by the key political parties over the past couple of months and the recruitment and retention of NHS staff has been a focal point across the board. Whether these ambitions are too high remains to be seen, but our findings suggest that professionals don’t have faith in the Government’s plans to create more jobs in key, struggling sectors; no matter what the result may be.

As we approach what is commonly known as ‘job hunting season’, the fact that professionals might hold back on their job search because of the General Election results could spark trouble for employers. Economic and political uncertainty has already impacted recruitment massively in 2019 and any further doubt could have a detrimental impact on the UK labour market.

Regardless of the outcome, businesses must continue as normal at some point. Many organisations have paused their hiring campaigns as we wait for clarity on who will be leading our country and navigating our exit from the EU; but not recruiting the right people, at the right time, could do more harm than good.

In order to gather these results, CV-Library spoke to 1,000 UK employees on 10/12/19.