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Ongoing analysis of labour market trends and forecasts, and some of the facts behind the headlines.

The North East is England’s insecure work hot spot

15 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

The North East is becoming England’s hot spot for insecure work with two out of three new jobs in the last five years falling into this category. One in nine workers in the region are now in insecure jobs: seasonal, casual, temporary or agency work, including zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employed roles. The TUC estimates…




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London calling: the capital dominates jobs growth

14 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

Employment is at record levels but despite much talk of economic rebalancing and regional powerhouses, TUC analysis has found that employment growth in London has rocketed ahead of the rest of England since the recession. We also conclude that London has had: the highest growth in employee jobs the smallest loss in public sector jobs and…




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Precarious work – the union experience

10 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

What is insecure work and has it increased? This blog examines precarious or insecure work, how it manifests itself in the workplace and whether insecure work practices have increased. Insecure work includes: agency work or seasonal, casual, temporary work people on zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employed workers. Recent TUC research has found that insecure work has increased…




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New institutions needed to address concerns about migration

08 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

The Government has decided that ‘taking back control’ of the UK’s borders is more important than anything else, more important in particular than working people’s jobs and living standards. Even if immigration numbers don’t actually come down as a result, the Government is prepared to abandon membership of the EU single market and customs union, even though that…




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Digitisation and the future of work: what it means for unions

21 Feb 2017, by in Labour market

Will robots take all the jobs? This dystopian question, prompted by the so-called ‘fourth industrial revolution’ – an umbrella term encompassing Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the ‘Internet of Things’ – has prompted a lively debate in recent years. Digitisation is seen by some as simply the next wave of technological progress, but there is…




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Workers’ rights beyond Brexit

13 Feb 2017, by in Labour market

When the government published a white paper on Brexit priorities, we hoped it would give more certainty to working people on what the future holds. But it poses more questions than it answers. And it fails to give the reassurances workers need for their rights at work. During the referendum campaign, the TUC highlighted just…




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