Labour Market Stats March 2017

Professor Geraint Johnes, Director of Research

The latest labour market statistics show a large rise in employment and a fall in unemployment (with the rate down to 4.7%). The big gain has come from full-time self-employment – a rise of some...

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2017 Spring Budget commentary

Professor Geraint Johnes, Director of Research

Productivity is the centrepiece of the Budget, with several specific infrastructure projects being allocated funding from the £23 billion fund previously announced in the Autumn Statement. The new...

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A modern Industrial Strategy for the UK – can it deliver?

Lesley Giles, Director

The long awaited industrial strategy paper was launched this month, albeit in the form of a green paper, which is out for consultation until 17th April. On one reading, it doesn’t represent a wholly...

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Commentary on Labour Market Statistics

Dr Vincent O'Sullivan, Lecturer in Economics at Lancaster University

The unemployment rate, at 4.8%, is now at a very low level compared to the long-term trend. However this figure reflects a narrow definition of unemployment. It is based  the percentage of people of...

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Fairness and Practicalities

Dr Cathy Garner FSS FRSA, Director of Partnerships

What is fairness? A report published jointly by the Work Foundation and CIPD in 2013 noted that “trying to unravel what fairness is or thinking of ways to better manage it takes us into a...

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Transforming a vision into reality at the ASBAR World Forum

Dr Cathy Garner FSS FRSA, Director of Partnerships

As with most things in life - timing is everything. So it was recently when I attended the ASBAR World Forum in Saudi Arabia. Like other Gulf States, Saudi is looking to move from a “rentier”...

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Not all gigs are equal

Dr Cathy Garner FSS FRSA

Since Hillary Clinton used the term “gig economy” in July 2015 there have been as many reports as there are definitions to describe what we mean by the term. As our first report “In Search of...

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Labour market stats September 2016

Professor Geraint Johnes

The latest statistics reflect continued strength in the labour market. There have been considerable gains in the number of workers in full-time jobs - 113000 more employees in full-time employment and...

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Labour market stats July 2016

Professor Geraint Johnes

Statistics released earlier today portray a labour market that is continuing to develop steadily. Over the quarter to May, unemployment fell by some 54000, and the unemployment rate now stands at...

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The challenges of low pay and inequality for the new government

Dr Ala'a Shehabi

Barely a month has passed since the UK referendum on 24 June 2016, but the dramatic shifts in the political and economic landscape have been immense and as yet, unsettled. The UK, under the new...

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