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

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
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
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

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