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Why aren’t wages rising?

17 May 2017, by in Economics

Today’s labour market figures presented yet another iteration of the puzzle of the UK labour market in recent years: why are higher employment rates not pushing up wages? Traditional labour market theory tells us that as unemployment falls, workers feel more secure in their jobs and more able to push for wage increases, employers need…

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Why insecurity at work doesn’t need to be the new normal

03 May 2017, by in Economics

New research we’ve published today, commissioned from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, shows that insecure work isn’t inevitable. The rise and rise of insecure work in the UK is sometimes treated as a natural consequence of technological and social change. The development of online platforms has made it easier for employers to parcel…

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#Budget2017: Self-employment tax changes

08 Mar 2017, by in Economics

Increases in taxation of self-employment may raise more money for the exchequer but will do little to clamp down on bad employers who force staff into bogus self-employment to lower their tax bill Today’s standout Budget measure was the increase in the tax paid by the self-employed, with the rate of the Class 4 National…

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Budget blogs: Looking to the longer term

16 Feb 2017, by in Economics

So far this week we’ve outlined the main challenges facing the Chancellor as he prepares his budget, and looked at the sharp rise in insecurity at work, and the hole it’s punching in the public finances. Today’s post looks at the longer term challenge of producing more good jobs and an economy that works for…

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Budget blogs: The fiscal cost of insecure work

14 Feb 2017, by in Economics

Yesterday’s Budget  blog focused on challenges facing the Chancellor as he prepares for the last Spring Budget. New TUC research  out today shows why tackling the rise of insecure work should be high on the Chancellor’s agenda, revealing the £4bn a year cost of the rise in low-paid self employment and zero hours contracts. The…

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Budget blogs: Springing into action…

13 Feb 2017, by in Economics

The new(ish) Chancellor’s first Budget, due on 7th March, would normally be seen as a key political moments in the year. It’s an opportunity for Government to dominate the headlines and give a cash based indication of their priorities. But with Brexit hoovering up political attention, not to mention what’s happening across the Atlantic, there’s…

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Globalisation isn’t a ‘given’

13 Jan 2017, by in Economics

The impact of globalisation on working people’s wages, jobs and prospects emerged as one of the key themes of 2016, following the seismic political developments in both Europe and the US. 2017 sees no sign of the debate going away. The policymaking community is figuring out how to react. As Gavin Kelly put it:  ’tis…

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What we talk about when we talk about insecure work

16 Dec 2016, by in Economics

Today sees the launch of a new TUC report mapping insecurity at work in Britain today, and how key risks associated with work have been transferred to working people, while the financial rewards from flexibility accrue to employers. We find that 3.2 million workers, one in ten, face insecurity in their working lives, due to…

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High hopes for the Taylor review?

30 Nov 2016, by in Working Life

Matthew Taylor’s independent review of working practices launches today. We’re looking forward to working with him. Here are the things we think his review has the potential to change for working people: Making sure everyone can access decent rights at work Access to key workplace rights including protection against unfair dismissal, and family friendly rights, depend…

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