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Authors: Ian Brinkley
21 August 2014
The ONS statistics on self-employment released yesterday tell us a number of important things about the labour market recovery.
Authors: Kelly Matthews
PR Manager, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation
20 August 2014
Last week’s ONS figures showed that unemployment is at a six-year low and the number of young people out of work fell by 102,000 - the largest drop since records began in the early 1990s.
Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan
19 August 2014
More than forty years after the Equal Pay Act the gender pay gap for senior women over 40 is now 35%.
18 August 2014
“For the first time in history officers of a company can become seriously rich without risking any of their own money. Their rewards are so beyond those of ordinary people that they risk being seen as aliens from another galaxy.”
13 August 2014
The pay figures published today show a dismal picture for many of those in work. Average weekly earnings fell by 0.2 per cent comparing the three months to June with the same three months a year ago.
Authors: Kathryn Ray
Today’s labour market statistics, as expected, show strong employment growth but a bleak picture on wages; with pay (excluding bonuses) only 0.6% higher than this time last year, and earnings growth continuing to be outpaced by inflation. Clearly wages at the lower end of the labour market are insufficient to meet the rising costs of living.
Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes
Over the last 30 years, life expectancy at birth in the UK has been increasing by 2½ years per decade. A boy born now can expect to live to the age of 79, while a girl can expect to live to the age of 83. Moreover, the increase in life expectancy that we have seen in recent decades is expected to continue, so children born in 2030 will expect to live even longer than those born now.
Authors: Dr Tyna Taskila
04 August 2014
In recent discussions on employee health and wellbeing, increasing attention has been paid to presenteeism. However, is presenteeism always a negative phenomenon causing harm to employees' health?
Authors: Mike Kelly
Chair of the Living Wage Foundation and Head of Living Wage, KPMG LLP
01 August 2014
The Living Wage has been described by many commentators as an idea whose time has come. Yet many of the employers who look at becoming Living Wage Accredited organisations risk missing out on many of the advantages, simply because they think of it as a series of adjustments to pay scales for the lowest paid
Authors: Kate Summers
16 July 2014
Our researcher Kate Summers reflects on the OECD report 'Connecting People with Jobs: Activation policies in the United Kingdom' which was launched at The Work Foundation on 15 July.
15 July 2014
This month Geraint Johnes discusses the impact of the scarring affects of unemployment, specifically on men and young people.
Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek
10 July 2014
Research from Institute of Leadership Management yesterday ( 9 July) highlighted that half of UK managers work at least an extra day of overtime a week. The report made for some uncomfortable reading: 65% of managers reported feeling under pressure to work extra hours, only 13% felt they had good work-life balance. Smartphone technology came under attack as a contributor to being overworked
Authors: Karen Steadman
02 July 2014
With the sun shining and national sports heroes are playing late into the night, Karen Steadman looks at a new survey which has come out looking at whether these factors lead to people calling in sick – legitimately or otherwise.
30 June 2014
The creative economy in the UK is booming – at least that is what the latest job figures from DCMS seem to be telling us. Between 2011 and 2013 total employment went up by nearly 9 per cent against a national average for all jobs of 2.5 per cent. For those who fear the robots are coming for our jobs there may be some comfort that creativity is still a big source of new employment opportunities.
27 June 2014
Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation , comments on the latest Bell - Blanchflower underemployment index which are published quarterly on The Work Foundation website.