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A 25.6bn employment bill risks job creation and recovery, argues the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). New research from the BCC reveals that upcoming employment regulations and taxes will cost UK businesses a staggering 25.6 billion Pounds over the next four years, which could adversely impact on future job creation.
Despite official unemployment figures likely to surpass 2.5 million tomorrow (Wednesday), and companies continuing to struggle in difficult trading conditions, a blizzard of fresh red tape and taxes directly related to employment are planned between April 2010 to April 2014, with no less than eight major changes in 2011 alone.
Over half (14 billion Pounds, of the 25.6 billion Pounds) comes from employer National Insurance contributions, which will see a 1% increase from April next year.
2010: The Equality Bill will have a one-off cost to business of 190 million Pounds.
2011: The Agency Workers Directive will have an annual recurring cost to business of 1.5 billion Pounds.
2012: Pensions Reform will have an annual recurring cost to business of 4.8 billion Pounds.
The business group is also calling on the UK government to lead a campaign for an EU-wide moratorium.
Commenting on the research, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, said "the cost of employing people must be reduced if future governments are serious about giving businesses the freedom to create jobs and drive our economic recovery."
"What must not happen after a general election is that a new government, from whatever party, comes to power and decides to add to this already sizable burden on business."