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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 Office for National Statistics data published today (Tuesday), showing the deficit growing because wages and income tax receipts are stagnating, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s time for George Osborne to admit he got his strategy wrong. Today’s figures show the deficit getting bigger as tax revenues...
21 October 2014
Commenting on today’s (Monday) report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission which warns that the UK’s poorest are being left behind, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The report rightly highlights that in-work poverty is a significant and growing problem in the UK. It makes clear that...
20 October 2014
Responding to David Cameron’s plans to cut benefits and welfare for 18- to 21-year-olds announced today (Monday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Young people are already facing a historic living standards squeeze. But instead of dealing with these problems the PM wants to make life even tougher for those...
20 October 2014
Workers in the North East would be over £55 a week better off if real wage growth had remained at its pre-recession rate, according to new analysis published by the TUC. The analysis shows that even using the government’s preferred inflation measure (the consumer prices index), which excludes housing costs,...
20 October 2014
Tens of thousands of people from across the UK will come to London today (Saturday) to take part in Britain Needs a Pay Rise – the TUC-organised march and rally calling for an economic recovery for all, not just the wealthy. The march sets off from Embankment at approximately midday...
18 October 2014
Commenting on a speech today (Friday) by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “On Saturday tens of thousands will march through London for the TUC’s Britain Needs a Pay Rise demonstration. This speech shows why. “The Bank of England’s Chief Economist...
17 October 2014
Workers in the South West would be nearly £90 a week better off if real wage growth had remained at its pre-recession rate, according to new analysis published by the TUC. The analysis shows that even using the government’s preferred inflation measure (the consumer prices index), which excludes housing costs,...
17 October 2014
Britain’s top director earned a year’s worth of the living wage in less than an hour Forty nine minutes after returning to work after the 2013 New Year break Britain’s highest paid director, Simon Peckham, Chief Executive of Melrose, earned as much as a worker on the living wage earns...
17 October 2014
Executive Excess provides a snapshot of top company directors’ pay and how it compares with that of their own employees in the FTSE 350. It finds that median total earnings for FTSE 100 top directors 100 were £3,195,353, while within the FTSE 250 median earnings for top directors were £1,284,361...
17 October 2014
Average wages have fallen by £50 a week in real terms since 2008, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Thursday).
16 October 2014

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