Almost 10,000 people were expected to be made redundant at the start of this week, according to outplacement firm, Randstad RiseSmart.
Dubbed ‘Black Monday’ the firm predicted that 7 December 2020 was likely to be the worst day of the year for job losses in the UK, as many organisations cut back ahead of the new year. It expects approximately 9,550 redundancies to be announced.
The first week of December is always a bad time for layoffs, and the economic outlook means employers will be making more redundancies than ever this year. This is not just limited to big name retailers such as those already reported in the press, but is all sorts of businesses, across different sectors – who are having to make some very difficult decisions.
Simon Lyle, UK managing director of Randstad RiseSmart said. "The economy is set to shrink 11% this year as businesses start to deal with the medium term economic fallout of the pandemic. Some reports say that the economy may not recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2027,”.
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