The Chief Economist at the CIPD, John Philpott, has warned that steps taken to reduce staff costs and limit job losses, such as shorter working weeks and pay freezes, may have just delayed the inevitable if the economy fails to recover quickly. He has predicted that we may see a further wave of redundancies later this year if things fail to improve. Mr Philpott stated that shorter working weeks had worked for some companies, although if economic conditions fail to recover quickly there could be the same amount of job cuts overall, but they will simply be spread over a longer period of time.