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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.


Responding to today’s (Thursday) announcement on the future of the UK Coal mines, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Immediate help for UK Coal workers and their families is welcome, but this announcement doesn’t resolve the long-term problems facing the UK coal industry, in terms of both job and energy...
26 March 2015
Responding to a new study of self-employment published today (Thursday) by the RSA, which says more protection for the living standards of the self-employed is needed, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This welcome study shows that self-employment can be a very tough way to make a living, with lower...
26 March 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics of the latest public sector borrowing figures, which suggest the deficit will be nearly three times larger than the Chancellor’s original target for this year, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With gobsmacking audacity, the Chancellor claimed this...
20 March 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) of the latest data from pay analysts at XpertHR, which suggests talk of decent wage growth is premature, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Most workers are still not getting a fair share from the recovery, and these figures suggest that decent wage growth...
20 March 2015
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Wages are stuck in the slow lane of recovery and are not set to be back to their pre-recession levels until the end of the next parliament. And...
18 March 2015
Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the new rates of the minimum wage that will apply from October 2015, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “For the low paid to get a fair share of the recovery, this was a year...
17 March 2015
Commenting on new research published today (Thursday,) by the London School of Economics, which shows that people in their twenties have been the worst affected by the economic crisis despite higher qualifications than any earlier generation, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Britain is lucky to have a generation of...
12 March 2015
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

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