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The TUC publishes regular expert analysis of the UK economy & our place in the world. Listed below are our most recent economics briefings and reports. 


Responding to new data published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing that under-employment is still far above pre-recession levels, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Under-employment is still much higher than it was before the recession, which is a clear sign that the UK isn’t creating enough...
25 November 2014
The share of jobs in the North East accounted for by full-time employees fell during the recession and has failed to recover across the region, according to our new analysis. The analysis shows that in the North East the labour market share of full-time employee jobs was 66.3 per cent...
24 November 2014
Commenting on the review of pensions to be launched today (Monday), led by David Blake of the Cass Business School, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The review provides an important opportunity to gather robust evidence that will help us understand how the government’s hasty and ill thought-out pension reforms...
24 November 2014
Commenting on the report published today (Monday) by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation – which shows that more working households are living below the poverty line – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
24 November 2014
Responding to the latest data published today (Friday) by pay analysts XpertHR, which finds low pay settlements for the three months to the end of October 2014 and employers pessimistic about the coming months, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The bad news on wages just keeps on coming. The...
21 November 2014
This TUC national conference held on 6 th November 2014 set out the importance of taking international and national action to address climate change. Latest evidence from the UN warns that we face a “very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” from the global impacts of climate change...
20 November 2014
Commenting on the latest annual pay statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which show that the full-time median gender pay gap reduced to 9.4 per cent in 2014 (from 10 per cent the year before) – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good...
19 November 2014
New official figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the real value of weekly earnings fell by 1.6 per cent over the last year. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Ordinary households are not sharing in the recovery and the recession in their wages...
19 November 2014
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The first signs of progress on real wages have already been stopped in their tracks. Weak demand remains the big problem facing the British economy. “With inflation predicted to...
18 November 2014
Commenting on new analysis published today (Monday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which shows that government cuts to social security have not achieved intended savings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “As the bedroom tax shows, government welfare policies have always been about cuts rather than providing a proper...
17 November 2014

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