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The TUC conducts regular analysis of the UK labour market. Here you will find our latest research. You can find older material using the search facilities.

For regular analysis of labour market trends, see our Economic Reports series of monthly papers.

TUC Senior Policy Officer Richard Exell has recorded a series of short monthly video briefings on labour market trends, which you can view at the TUC's Vimeo channel.

The TUC Economic Dashboard widget (right) tracks labour market and economic figures by month. To see a full version of the dashboard, or to get a widget for your own website, visit the TUC's Touchstone blog.

Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC Head of Economics Nicola Smith said: “After years of falling living standards, today’s real earnings growth suggests that we may finally be starting to make up some of the lost ground. But at...
21 January 2015
The number of people who are under-employed will not return to pre-recession levels for more than eight years at the current rate of reduction, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Monday).
19 January 2015
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 new government figures published today (Friday), which show that since 2010 the number of 16-20 year-olds illegally not being paid the minimum wage has increased by 35,000 (52 per cent), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These shocking figures highlight once again why we must put more resources...
09 January 2015
In this report, the TUC argues that the NMW enforcement regime must be subject to a process of continual improvement in order to keep up with those employers who actively look for new ways to try to evade their responsibility to pay the minimum wage.
08 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
In her New Year message, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady reveals that the real value of the average full-time wage fell by £487 in 2014 (from new TUC analysis – full details below). This means that the average full-time employee wage has fallen in real terms by £2,509 since 2010...
30 December 2014
Over 250,000 people are set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole, according to TUC research published today (Monday). The actual number of people spending their second successive Christmas out of work is even higher. The 250,000 figure includes only those who are claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). But...
22 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