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


Commenting on today’s (Thursday) revision down to 0.2% for GDP growth in the first quarter of 2017, which the Office for National Statistics says reflects household spending slowing down, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The next government will inherit an economy that needs serious attention. An urgent priority must...
25 May 2017
The TUC is today (Thursday) publishing new analysis of household debt, which finds that unsecured debt per household will reach a record high of £13,900 this year. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We’ve got this problem because wages haven’t recovered. Credit cards and payday loans are helping to prop...
25 May 2017
The TUC has responded to labour market data published today (Wednesday), which shows real earnings falling by 0.2%, by calling on parties contesting the general election to explain to voters how they would give Britain a pay rise. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Any party that’s serious about giving...
17 May 2017
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics – which show CPI inflation has risen to 2.7% and overtaken wage growth – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The last thing Britain needs is another real wage slump. But rising prices are hammering...
16 May 2017
Commenting on the Bank of England’s inflation report published today (Thursday), which forecasts that the real value of wages will fall by 0.8% in 2017, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “British workers have already suffered the longest pay squeeze since Victorian times. It will worry them that the Bank...
11 May 2017
Commenting on today’s (Thursday) ONS figures on zero-hours contracts, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
11 May 2017
British workers are stuck in the longest pay squeeze since Victorian times. But with UK real wages failing to keep up with the cost of living, there's a lot more pain on the horizon. To help you gaze into the future, we’ve built a nifty pay calculator. It will show...
10 May 2017
British workers will suffer a fall in real wages in both 2017 and 2018, as workers in most other advanced economies see their pay rise, according to new TUC analysis released today (Wednesday).
10 May 2017
The debate around Brexit, and the possibility that the UK will readjust its economic model to preserve its competitive advantage, has reawakened concerns about the ‘race to the bottom’ in Europe. Given the uncertain terms under which the Brexit negotiations will be carried out and the consequences of the policy...
05 May 2017
A new study published today (Wednesday) by the TUC reveals that the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries. And it links the growth to relatively weak legal protections for those in bogus self-employment, agency work and on zero-hour contracts.
03 May 2017

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