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

Immigration – confusion and inaction from government

28 Jul 2017, by in Labour market

The Home Secretary’s announcement yesterday on post-Brexit immigration plans was barely out the door before the government’s all-encompassing confusion over Brexit enveloped it. Amber Rudd’s junior minister, Brandon Lewis, contradicted her spin if not her substance, almost immediately. Meanwhile, the government continues to fail to take initiatives it could already take which would go a long way…




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Is there really a public sector pay premium?

20 Jul 2017, by in Labour market

Over the weekend Chancellor Philip Hammond was reported as saying that public sector workers are overpaid. On the Andrew Marr show on Sunday he was given multiple opportunities to deny the accusation. But while he did not repeat the tone-deaf claim, neither did he row back on it. Instead, he made significant play of the…




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What the Taylor Review says about learning and skills

14 Jul 2017, by in Labour market

Apart from the specialist press, such as the TES, coverage of the proposals in the Taylor Review on learning and skills has been limited. This is not too surprising considering the focus of the review on tackling contentious employment rights issues in the gig economy and the varied reactions to these recommendations (e.g. see various…




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Growth of insecure work has added to labour market disadvantage for Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups

02 Jun 2017, by in Labour market

The growth of insecure work has exacerbated the inequalities that Black, Asian and minority (BAME) ethnic workers already face. The experience of insecure work differs between different ethnic groups, but the overall pattern is one in which BAME workers are significantly disadvantaged in the labour market. Previous TUC analysis showed that there are 3.2 million…




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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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