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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.


Making Work Pay? What role can the welfare state play in raising living standards? A half-day free conference to be held at Congress House at 1.30-4.30pm on 8th December. Lunch available from 12.30 and the conference will be followed by a drinks reception.
31 October 2014
Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that Sports Direct will make changes for staff on zero hours contracts, following legal action, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is good that Sports Direct will now be more open about what a bad deal zero hours contracts can be for...
27 October 2014
Commenting on research published today (Sunday) by the Resolution Foundation that shows the proportion of employees in low-paid work has increased and now stands at just over five million people, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Last weekend 90,000 joined our march to call for a pay rise for workers...
26 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
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 the latest jobs figures published today (Wednesday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The real value of wages has fallen again this month. This is not only the longest and deepest pay cut on record but there is no end in sight. “Detailed analysis of the figures show...
15 October 2014
This quarterly TUC report provides an analysis of UK economic and labour market developments over recent months, and includes a spotlight feature on pay and earnings. Summary In common with many other countries, there has been a significant revival in UK economic activity from the second half of 2012. Revisions...
13 October 2014
Date: Monday 13 October 2014 Time: 8am Location: St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 OPE There has not been a national strike over pay in the NHS for 32 years, but for four hours from 7am today (Monday), up to 400,000 NHS workers in England are to...
13 October 2014
Responding to the publication today (Friday) of two reports by IFS on public and private sector pay, TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady said: “The IFS shows just how deep and long the pay squeeze has been for vital public sector staff. Already the NHS is having difficulty recruiting and retaining...
10 October 2014

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