Commentary on Labour market statistics for August to October 2018

The latest labour force statistics indicate a rise in unemployment of 20000 over the quarter to August-October this year, the unemployment rate now standing at 4.1%. Employment, however, has...

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Where have all the women gone?

Fairness is a core theme for us here at the Work Foundation. We believe it’s one of the key things that underpins ‘Good Work’ and we’re passionate about supporting fairness for everyone....

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Commentary on the labour market statistics for December 2017 to February 2018

Geraint Johnes, Professor of Economics, Lancaster University Management School

The labour market statistics for December 2017 to February 2018, indicate that the economy is gradually returning to a healthy state, with a marked increase in the number of full-time and part-time...

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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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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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