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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.


A new report, Productivity: no puzzle about it, published today (Thursday) by the TUC, argues that there is a straightforward explanation for low productivity in the UK economy – it is how the labour market has responded to poor economic growth, mainly caused by the government’s austerity economics. TUC General...
05 March 2015
The outsourcing of public services provision to private providers has a detrimental impact on the workforce and a knock-on effect on the quality of care, says a new TUC report published today (Tuesday).
03 March 2015
The annual conference on pay bargaining was held on 12 February 2015 at Congress House and organised by the TUC and Incomes Data Services. The event discussed opportunities for restoring members' pay levels where these have fallen behind in recent years. Sessions covered recent union success stories, pay transparency and...
02 March 2015
UK workers gave their bosses nearly £32bn worth of unpaid overtime last year – an average of £6,050 each if these hours had been paid – according to new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC for Work Your Proper Hours Day.
27 February 2015
Commenting on the naming and shaming today (Tuesday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of 70 employers who have cheated staff out of the minimum wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome today’s list and encourage the government to make public the hundreds of other minimum...
24 February 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) of the latest data from pay analysts at XpertHR, which suggests wage growth remains weak, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This shows that wages have yet to return to serious growth. Most workers are still not getting a fair share from the recovery...
20 February 2015
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “At the current rate of progress it will take until at least the end of the next parliament just for wages to recover their lost value. There is...
18 February 2015
This quarterly TUC report provides an analysis of UK economic and labour market developments over recent months, and includes a spotlight feature on the composition of current economic growth.
09 February 2015
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC Head of Economics Nicola Smith said: “After years of falling living standards, today’s real earnings growth suggests that we may finally be starting to make up some of the lost ground. But at...
21 January 2015
The number of people who are under-employed will not return to pre-recession levels for more than eight years at the current rate of reduction, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Monday).
19 January 2015

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