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Today’s employment statistics

15 Jul 2015, by in Labour market

I have a post at Left Foot Forward looking at today’s labour market figures. I argue that it’s important not to read too much into one month’s figures, but it is worrying if this country can achieve decent jobs growth or adequate earnings but never both.

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Not a workers’ budget

08 Jul 2015, by in Economics

Massive and unfair cuts in tax credits and benefits are going to hit low-paid workers. Can the Chancellor hope to justify his claim that this is a “one nation Budget”? The key to any Budget is how it answers the question who gains and who loses?  The big picture is explained well in the latest…

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I ❤ redistribution

07 Jul 2015, by in Society & Welfare

You know you’re a nerd when you’ve got a favourite statistic, but you only know you’re a full geek when you can’t stop telling people about it. I’ve really got to write about The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, even though it came out last week. I was away on the 29th…

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Public sector jobs – the regional dimension

17 Jun 2015, by in Public services

Earlier today the Office for National Statistics published the quarterly Public Sector Employment figures. I suppose the headline was the fact that the number working in public sector jobs has fallen another 43,000 over the past year, but I was just as interested in the regional figures. These showed that every region has lost public…

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Graduates’ pay still lower than seven years ago

09 Jun 2015, by in Labour market

This morning the government released the quarterly Graduate Labour Market Statistics for England, which allow us to look at post-graduate, graduate and non-graduate employment rates and salaries since 2006. You wouldn’t know it from the government’s spin, but graduate pay has been slipping for two years now. The official press release led on three points:…

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The most unequal rich country in Northern Europe

05 Jun 2015, by in Society & Welfare

Last month the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the rich countries’ club) published In it Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All. It develops the argument the OECD has been making for some time about the malign economic consequences of inequality, and presents evidence to show that it is the growing distance between the bottom…

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