The CIPD’s annual barometer forecast is that the UK economy will shed at least 600,000 jobs in 2009. Overall, the 18-month period from the start of the recession in mid-2008 until the end of 2009 will witness the loss of around three quarters of a million jobs, equivalent to the total net rise in employment in the preceding three years. Mr Philpott said job losses were likely to continue into 2010, taking the final toll to about one million. The CIPD also surveyed 2,600 workers and found that more than one in four did not expect a pay rise next year, while others feared a wage cut.
The institute’s reward adviser, Charles Cotton, said employees were “realistic about their pay prospects. Against this backdrop, employers will need to work hard to find new ways to motivate their employees to perform. Financial incentives and targeted investment in training and development could be effective ways to do this. More than ever, this is a time where organisations need to engage in an open and straightforward communication with staff, clearly explaining the reasons for any difficult measures that will affect them. This will help preserve staff loyalty and engagement even during times when unpopular decisions need to be made.” more on this from the BBC