Demos launch event: Getting Britain Working

9 Jul 2024 - 9 Jul 2024

10:00 am - 11:00 am GMT


The new government needs to get Britain working. There are around a million ‘missing workers’ from the UK’s labour market because employment has not recovered since the pandemic, and there are a record 2.8 million people outside the workforce due to ill health and disability. At the same time, since the financial crisis there has been a substantial fall in skills and training investment by both employers and the state. These trends are creating a workforce crisis which is holding back the UK’s economic growth.

The cross-party think tank Demos is delighted to be launching a new report that argues that the new government should open up access to careers advice and employment support to address the workforce crisis. We will present findings from a new 4,000 person survey, data-driven segmentation analysis and in-depth workshops with citizens. Our research reveals a substantial ‘back to work advice gap’ for people currently out of work who want to get a new job, but haven’t been able to access any advice or support in the last two years.

After a presentation of the research findings and policy recommendations, our expert panel will discuss why and how the new government should open up access to employment support and careers advice to get Britain working.


  • Ann-Marie Soyinka, Assistant Director of Skills and Employment Policy, Greater London Authority
  • Catherine Foot, Director, Phoenix Insights
  • Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies
  • Andrew Phillips, Senior Researcher, Demos

Doors will open from 09:30 with the panel beginning at 10:00.

This event will be held at Demos’ office. For those unable to attend in person, please register for the livestream option.

Register here