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The TUC publishes regular expert analysis of the UK economy & our place in the world. Listed below are our most recent economics briefings and reports. 

Responding to the latest labour market figures published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
16 April 2014
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird today announced her delight that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police are now accredited Living Wage employers. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently by the Centre for Social Policy at Loughborough University and updated annually...
15 April 2014
date: 15 April 2014 embargo : for immediate release TUC comments on latest inflation figures Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) inflation figures, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Workers are now £40 a week worse off than before the crash. “Those waiting to hail the first month in which wages creep...
15 April 2014
Last week marked the end of the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight . Between the 24 th March and 6 th April around 90 events took place throughout Britain, over 25 of which were in the North East, ranging from wage summits to street stalls. Prominent living wage employers, MPs, young...
14 April 2014
Self-employment accounts for 44 per cent of the net rise in employment since mid- 2010, with pensioners, part-time workers and ‘odd-jobbers’ the fastest growing groups of Britain’s new self-employed workforce, the TUC says today (Monday) ahead of the latest employment figures published later this week.
14 April 2014
With China set to become the largest economy in the world by 2016 and with South Korea spending five times as much as most EU countries on research and development, the TUC is hosting a seminar next week to look at what the UK might learn from China and her...
11 April 2014
“Activists across the Region demonstrated the need for proper pay and a living wage during the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight. Here’s the Portsmouth cohort”
08 April 2014
Probation under Threat Probation officers have a very important job which is often extremely challenging as they seek to rehabilitate people often lacking basic skills, perhaps damaged by drugs, alcohol or mental health problems; some with a history of violence. The national association of probation officers (NAPO) are a powerful,...
07 April 2014
In this issue: • From the Regional Secretary • Finding Common Cause on Fair Pay – the view from an Industrial Chaplain • The first week of the tour in pictures... • In parts of the West Midlands over one in three jobs pay less than the living wage •...
04 April 2014
Speaking ahead of the New Path 4 Europe demonstration in Brussels today (Friday), TUC General Council spokesperson on Europe, and CWU General Secretary, Billy Hayes said:
04 April 2014