600,000 Job Losses Predicted for Great Britain in '09

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Unspeaked, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Job losses worst for nearly 20 years...


  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Birmingham, England
    What those figures don't show is.

    1) how many of those job losses will be part time jobs.

    2) what the employment rate is now.

    I believe a lot of them will be part time jobs (less than 24 hours a week) as our economy is much more service based than manufacturing based like it was durning the 1991-2 and 1981-83 recessions.

    We will get close to 3 million unemployed but the percentage of unemployment won't be as high as it was in the last recessions.
  3. Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    I agree above, the majority will come from some high street stores closing.

    I hope to see some reversal of the trend of off shoring jobs to India. I always said what's the point in off shoring jobs if no one in this country has jobs to pay for the services? bring it all back and protect our own people!!
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    Related to this perhaps, an Australian bank recently commented that an Indian worker costs half that of an Australian worker. I'm sure that 10 years back an Indian worker would have cost a quarter to that of an Australian worker, or even less.

    So it could even be that off shoring jobs is a fad that is coming to its end. There comes a point where its not worth the hassle, risk and customer relations problems...
  5. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Thank god I've got a job lined up for me outside the UK.
  6. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    While that's great for you an all, I don't think there are many places where good jobs aren't going down the pan, this is far from a UK only problem.
  7. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    If anything, I think that sounds a little on the conservative side.

    That said, our economy desperately needs the economic correction that a recession inevitably brings, because the government have demonstrated nothing other than a complete inability to rein things in.

    Even now, it is completely and utterly incomprehensible how so called experts, economists, industry leaders.... the chancellor can still feign surprise at the economic crisis we now find ourselves in.
  8. macrumors 68040

    Nov 7, 2004
    Blame the voters. In any opinion poll you care to name they demand increased services, the latest drugs, more policemen on the beat etc AND fewer (stealth) taxes. Until some political alchemist really can turn natural science on its head you will continue to get the political leaders you deserve.

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