18th July 2022

UK reset: A better jobs and industrial mix to support greater economic stability


Time for a reset?

As nations around the world continue to contend with the economic fallout from the conflict in Ukraine, it might be time to pause for a moment. The latest international economic crisis is just the latest in a treadmill of problems that seem to have created global turbulence. As we move forward, there is a clear desire to see greater stability and for the world to stop staggering from one crisis to another.

In the UK, the way is paved for a new Prime Minister to take office in September and many business leaders are looking for a reset after a period of erratic and turbulent government. One of the key economic objectives for the UK, as well as other countries around the world, including the USA, must be to rebalance the economy, a move that will have very positive implications for the jobs market.

A stable and healthy economy

One of the underlying factors that determine the stability of a country’s economy is its industrial mix. When it is well balanced, economic growth is sustainable in the long-term, and the economy is likely to be growing across different sectors. Other highly desirable characteristics of a stable and healthy economy include:

Assessed against these economic health indicators, the UK and the US are not doing very well and there are instabilities within their economies.

Australia – a leader in economic stability

Covid of course has dominated the economic conversation, so to get a perspective that is free from distortions related to the pandemic it is worth looking at the data for 2019. In early 2020 USA Today reported on its Best Countries global survey to identify the most economically stable countries.

Ranked by the perceptions, the Best Countries report is based on a survey of more than 20,000 global citizens from four regions to assess perceptions of 80 countries on 75 different metrics. Ranked by economic stability, the top ten nations in the survey were:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Germany
  4. Denmark
  5. Japan
  6. Australia
  7. Sweden
  8. Netherlands
  9. Norway
  10. Austria

With seven out of the top ten being northern European nations, it seems that the economics of these countries and the region is something of a model for others. Australia and Japan placed well for APAC. It is, however, interesting to note that the USA and the UK ranked 15 and 16 respectively on the survey.

Why is a more stable economy good for recruiters?

It might be argued that economic turbulence and job market volatility is good for recruitment, helping to keep the market buoyant and throwing up opportunities for the most entrepreneurial leaders and innovative companies.

However, there’s more to it than that. A more stable economy, with a balanced industrial mix would:

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