COVID has exposed weaknesses of UK labour market, education, Johnson says

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visists Exeter College in Exeter, Britain September 29, 2020. Finnbarr Webster/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy is underproductive and its weaknesses have been exposed by the COVID crisis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday as he announced new measures to try to improve skill levels in the workforce.

“Our economy has been shaken by COVID, and in the hand-to-mouth scrabblings of the pandemic, the shortcomings of our labour market and our education system have been painfully apparent,” Johnson said in a speech.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, William James and Estelle Shirbon, editing by Elizabeth Piper