Where Will The Jobs Come From?

Many European governments highlight the need to create more jobs, not least because of increasing levels of unemployment in so many countries.

In a similar way, commentators argue that any economic recovery must include a jobs recovery, so that individuals, families and communities benefit from an improved economy.

Politicians from all parties highlight the need for government to help entrepreneurs and small businesses, as a way to create a supportive business environment.

Business people and organisations continually lobby government to change the rules to make it easier to start and grow businesses.

Community leaders and employee unions representing groups from all sectors of society lobby government to increase funding to their particular areas of interest.

Politicians generally respond with refreshed policies, revised strategies and rejuvenated action plans to stimulate and support those who create jobs.

Government is also pressurised to compete internationally for inward investment in order to attract well-paid jobs.

Many people believe governments should provide the jobs we need and that if they don’t they are failing in their duty.

In this context, the creation of jobs and the growth of new businesses is often seen in simplistic terms, as a problem to be solved quickly from the top.

This type of thinking is often linked to the belief that an economic recovery will automatically lead to a jobs recovery, whereas, on this occasion the recovery is likely to be tougher, slower and longer.

In reality, and particularly in the current economic reality, there is another view that the creation of new jobs will only happen piece-by-piece over time by individuals and companies on the ground.

So, although we may expect government to fix the economy and create more jobs, the reality is that economic recovery and job creation are likely to happen in a more fragmented way.

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