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Key findings for the United Kingdom from the report "Pensions at a Glance 2021"
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Life expectancy fell by a year in the UK in 2020; COVID 19 vaccinations have plateaued despite a strong start. Health at a Glance 2021 provides the latest comparable data and trends on the performance of health systems in OECD countries and key emerging economies. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers a special chapter on the health impact of COVID-19.
In some countries, employers used job retention programmes to cut hours while allowing workers to keep their pay and jobs; there, it is likely that the full impact of the pandemic is yet to be felt. In other countries, there have been unprecedented increases in unemployment, but many workers will return to their jobs (or to new ones) as economies re-open and activity picks up.
Biographical note of the United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the OECD
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People in the United Kingdom consume on average 11.4 litres of pure alcohol per capita per year, roughly equivalent to 2.3 bottles of wine or 4.4 litres of beer per week per person aged 15 and over. In addition, in the United Kingdom, some population groups are at higher risk than others.
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The Skills Outlook Country Profile details key indicators to assess the extent to which the United Kingdom is able to provide strong foundations for lifelong learning; promote effective transitions into further education, training and the labour market and engage adults in learning. It also evaluates the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on adult learning and the labour market.
Creating an emergency Rapid Response Forum to ensure global supplies of essential goods continue to flow during major international crises is one of a broad range of recommendations contained in a new OECD report to the G7 on building economic resilience.
The United Kingdom faces major challenges from the COVID-19 crisis and leaving the EU Single Market. Ramping up investment in the digital economy, the service sector, green infrastructure and adult skills would strengthen the recovery and help to boost productivity and environmental sustainability for the long term, according to a new OECD report.
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Without a second wave, employment in the United Kingdom is projected to fall by 4.6% in 2020 and grow by only 2.1% in 2021. Consequently, unemployment in the United Kingdom is projected to reach record highs of up to 11.7% by the end of 2020 (Q4) and only fall back to 7.2% in 2021. This contrasts with the record low of 3.8% experienced in 2019 (Q4).