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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.


New analysis published today (Sunday) by the TUC shows that household debt rose sharply over 2016, with unsecured debt (debt other than mortgages) reaching new highs.
08 January 2017
Many people working for emergency services on Christmas Day have seen their real wages fall in the last five years, TUC analysis revealed today (Friday).
23 December 2016
3.2 million UK workers (1 in 10) are now in precarious work – and the number of workers at risk of missing out on key employment protections has nearly doubled in a decade to 1.5 million (an increase of 700,000), according to a new TUC report published today (Thursday). The...
19 December 2016
The TUC and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have today (Sunday) published an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to end the uncertainty for workers and businesses by confirming that the government will give current EU migrants a right to remain after Brexit.
18 December 2016
The rise of job insecurity in modern Britain Ten years ago the TUC established a Commission on Vulnerable Employment (CoVE), to examine the increase in the proportion of workers at risk of poverty and injustice due to an imbalance of power in the employer-worker relationship. It is now nearly a...
15 December 2016
Commenting on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation report published today (Wednesday), showing one in eight workers in the UK now live in poverty, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
07 December 2016
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show pay rising by 2.4%, but higher inflation bringing real wages increases down to 1.7%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Real pay growth is the slowest it’s been since early 2015. Wages...
16 November 2016
Commenting on today’s (Thursday) warning from the Bank of England of higher inflation and lower wages, following the fall in value of the pound, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Chancellor should use the Autumn Statement to protect jobs and wages, with new investment in infrastructure like roads, rail,...
03 November 2016
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show a small increase in unemployment and average weekly earnings increasing at an annual rate of 2.3%, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay growth remains weak by historical standards, and inflation is...
19 October 2016
Commenting on the today’s (Saturday) increase in the national minimum wage for workers under 25, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
01 October 2016

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