Tackling the productivity problem in UK manufacturing

Heather Carey, Deputy Director of the Work Foundation

The UK is experiencing an ongoing ‘productivity problem’. Despite ONS data suggesting a very modest uptick in productivity growth over the past two quarters, we have a huge amount still to do to...

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Commentary on the labour market statistics for October to December 2017

Geraint Johnes, Professor of Economics at Lancaster University Management School

The labour market statistics released today provide a mixed picture. The number of unemployed rose by 46000 over the last three months of 2017, so that the unemployment rate now stands at 4.4%. The...

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Commentary on the labour market statistics for September to November 2017

Dr Vincent O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Economics at Lancaster University Management School

  The estimated employment rate of 75.3%  has increased by less than one percentage point compared to the previous rolling quarter in 2017 and compared to the same period in 2016. On average,...

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Commentary on the labour market statistics for August to October 2017

Geraint Johnes, Professor of Economics, Lancaster University Management School

The latest labour force statistics provide further evidence that the labour market has peaked and is now starting to turn down. December ONS labour market statistics  show employment fell by some...

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Creating good work that improves future productivity and supports inclusive growth

Lesley Giles, Director of the Work Foundation

On 2nd November the Work Foundation ran a conference in partnership with the OECD, Warwick University, and the Centre for Cities to discuss the key challenges facing the UK in building more quality...

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A formula for success

Helen Sheldon, Researcher at the Work Foundation

In 2015 when I joined the Work Foundation, one of the first things I worked on with my colleagues here was a study to determine where UK businesses were at in terms of reaching a ‘Tipping Point’...

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Project preview: Fringe benefits – improving business performance and tackling in-work poverty

Heather Carey, Deputy Director, Work Foundation

Earlier this month we celebrated Living Wage Week, recognising the commitment made by over 3,700 businesses to pay their staff a fair wage, that reflects the real cost of living in different parts of...

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Good Gags but a Grim Message

Geraint Johnes, Professor of Economics, Lancaster University Management School

Autumn Budget 2017 - Investment in technology and in housing provided the twin cornerstones of this Budget. The Chancellor made much of the UK’s position as a leader in new technologies, and...

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Commentary on the labour market statistics for July to September 2017

Geraint Johnes, Professor of Economics at Lancaster University Management School

The labour market statistics for July to September 2017, released today , show employment and unemployment falling. The evidence on pay, however, is mixed. The latest labour market statistics show...

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Commentary on the labour market statistics for June to August 2017

Professor Geraint Johnes, Director of Research

The labour market statistics for June to August 2017, released yesterday show that unemployment has fallen further and the 3 month average measure of total pay growth indicates that earnings have...

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