Education, and making sure that new recruits have the right skills for business, remain a big challenge for the UK. There are good examples in practice of business working closely with universities and more needs to be encouraged. The UK has a light touch in terms of regulation around working life but the risk with some working models was that flexibility was used as a way of transferring risk from employer to worker. We need to retain flexibility but also to protect the most vulnerable.
Change couldn’t happen quickly; any solution must work for workers and businesses, and change would involve detailed and lengthy consultation with both. The Jury’s still out.