Labour Market and Economic Reports

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The TUC produces a monthly Labour Market Report, providing ongoing analysis of labour market trends and forecasts, and some of the facts behind the headlines. In our bi-monthly Economic Reports we also consider the wider economic context, with a special focus on a different policy issue every month.

You can also read TUC policy officers' comments on the issues in the report series and the ongoing economic situation at the TUC public policy blog: www.touchstoneblog.org.uk

This report is based on research by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), commissioned by the TUC. The research explores the impact of austerity in England, focusing upon how changes in publically funded services affect both people and places across the country, now and in the years to come.
16 January 2015
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation falling sharply to 0.5 per cent – significantly below the threshold of one per cent that triggers an open letter from the Governor of the Bank of England to the Chancellor – TUC General...
13 January 2015
Enforcement of the national minimum wage must be continuously improved in order to combat those employers who are actively trying to find ways not to pay their workers properly, says a new report published today (Thursday) by the TUC. Enforcing the National Minimum Wage – Keeping up the Pressure says...
08 January 2015
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Today’s figures show some long overdue improvements, but at this rate it will take over a decade to recover the real value of people’s earnings. And there is...
17 December 2014
Responding to Ed Miliband’s speech on immigration today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This government’s opposition to basic rights at work, and unwillingness to enforce those that exist, has helped make the UK the exploitation capital of Europe. We welcome these proposals to crack down on those who...
15 December 2014
The increased use of zero-hours contracts and agency workers by employers is preventing young people from obtaining permanent jobs, according to new analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC. The TUC analysis of official figures shows that 81 per cent of temporary agency workers aged 20–24, and 64 per cent...
09 December 2014
Commenting on today’s (Thursday) analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) of the Autumn Statement and the forecasts by the Office for Budgetary Responsibility, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Buried beneath the Chancellor’s headline giveaways was a dire report on the state of the economy and the public...
04 December 2014
Commenting on the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Office for Budget Responsibility has slashed its forecast for next year’s wages growth from 3.2 to 2 per cent with reductions in years to come. Real wages are set to stay...
03 December 2014
Responding to the Autumn Statement today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The living standards crisis has wrecked the Chancellor’s strategy. He has failed his deficit reduction pledge as low-paid Britain is paying much less tax than expected. And businesses won’t find the customers they need if consumers do...
03 December 2014
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

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