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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 new figures released by the Office for National Statistics on the take-up of pension auto-enrolment in the workplace, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is great news, and we can expect the numbers saving in a pension to increase further as auto-enrolment is rolled out to include...
26 February 2015
26 February 2015 Executive pay levels are being decided by an overpaid elite who are desperately out-of-touch with ordinary workers, says the TUC based on analysis published today (Thursday). The TUC’s report A Culture of Excess finds that FTSE 100 remuneration committee members were paid on average £441,383, which is...
26 February 2015
The Midlands TUC and Citizens UK Birmingham have joined forces in response to the revelation Birmingham Northfield is the top living wage blackspots in the country with 53.4 per cent of the jobs based there paying less than the living wage.
25 February 2015
Commenting on the report Growth Through People, published today (Wednesday) by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome the Commission’s call for collaboration between trade unions, employers and the government to invest in skills for new employees and existing workers.
25 February 2015
date: Wednesday 25 February 2015 embargo : For immediate release Zero-hours contracts sum up what has gone wrong in the modern workplace, says TUC Commenting on figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office For National Statistics, which show that the number of zero-hours contracts being used by employers has increased...
25 February 2015
Commenting on the 24-hour strike which will see firefighters in England walk out from 7am today (Wednesday) in their ongoing dispute with the government over forced changes to their pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Firefighters are among the most highly-regarded public servants in the UK.
25 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 details revealed today of the new minimum wage rate, to be introduced from October 2015, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is good that the minimum wage is set to go up more than average earnings, but if the recovery is really as strong and sustained as...
23 February 2015
Poverty pay is a sad feature of modern day Britain. Work should be the route to a better life, but try telling that to millions of workers stuck in low-paid jobs. New analysis published by the TUC today shows that one nearly one in four workers in the North East...
23 February 2015
Commenting on today’s (Monday) announcement by HSBC on bonuses, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is hard to see why HSBC is paying bonuses at a time when their role in tax evasion and avoidance has become so controversial.
23 February 2015

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