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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.


ONS labour market figures released this morning (Wednesday) show that real wages have fallen for the fourth month in a row.
16 August 2017
Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision today (Thursday) to hold interest rates at 0.25%, and downgrading of its economic growth forecast, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Families will welcome the decision to hold rates. But while caution from the Bank is sensible, the government needs to be much...
03 August 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
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
290,000 more people could be trapped in insecure work by 2022 if current trends continue, the TUC has warned. This is equivalent to thirteen extra Sports Directs, or the entire working population of Sheffield.
26 April 2017
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Workers are facing the double whammy of rising prices and slower pay growth. But Theresa May seems content to leave Britain drifting towards a new living standards crisis.
15 March 2017
- 1 in 10 workers in the region now in insecure jobs - TUC launches new initiative for workers to share their experience of insecure work Nearly half of (47%) jobs created in the North West since 2011 have been in insecure work, according to new analysis published by the...
15 March 2017
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show real pay growth (excluding bonuses) down to 1.4% – the lowest for nearly two years – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With prices rising faster, real pay growth is now slowing...
15 February 2017
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show real pay growth (excluding bonuses) has stalled at 1.7% for the last five months, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “If working people are going to feel a difference in their finances,...
18 January 2017

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