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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.


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
Zero-hours workers earn nearly £300 a week less, on average, than permanent employees, according to a new report published today (Monday) to mark the beginning of the TUC’s Decent Jobs Week.
15 December 2014
Unions have today (Friday) warned that they may not be able to support global climate change legislation if it fails to protect workers’ jobs, says the TUC. Although unions plan to support the United Nation’s ambitious climate change treaty in Paris next year, they are concerned that as the world...
12 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
Responding to David Cameron’s announcement today (Friday) that EU migrants will not be able to claim benefits for four years after arriving in the UK, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister is taking a sledgehammer to a problem that he has exaggerated. People are coming to Britain...
28 November 2014
Commenting on new analysis published today (Monday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which shows that government cuts to social security have not achieved intended savings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “As the bedroom tax shows, government welfare policies have always been about cuts rather than providing a proper...
17 November 2014
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show improvements to employment rates but wage growth so slow that it would take 12 years to recover to pre-recession real earnings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good to see an...
12 November 2014
A briefing on the Treasury's claims about recent trends in employment and skills
11 November 2014
Commenting on the ruling today (Tuesday) that overtime should be taken into account when holiday pay is calculated, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: “Failing to count overtime when calculating holiday pay is quite simply wrong. This ruling marks a victory for people who work long and hard to make...
04 November 2014

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