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Minimum wage

Minimum wage | Labour Market | Scoop.it
THIS week the British government announced that, from October, the minimum wage will jump by 12p to £6.31 ($9.66) an hour. Britain’s low-paid workers will welcome...
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UK labour costs below EU average

UK labour costs below EU average | Labour Market | Scoop.it
UK hourly labour costs have fallen nearly two euros (£1.7; $2.6) below the European Union average, data from the EU's statistics agency show.
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Doing more with less?

Doing more with less? | Labour Market | Scoop.it
DEAN BAKER has a counterintuitive piece in The Guardian, arguing that we should be excited about population decline and falling ratio of workers to retirees:There is...
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Labour productivity

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GLOBAL labour productivity growth is sluggish. The latest data from the Conference Board, a business-research firm, show productivity growth (measured by GDP...
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Singapore minister on foreign labour

Singapore minister on foreign labour | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Singapore's government is to reduce the number of foreign workers companies can employ.
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Rise of the robots: what will the future of work look like? | Robert Skidelsky

Rise of the robots: what will the future of work look like? | Robert Skidelsky | Labour Market | Scoop.it
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Almost a third of Britons cannot afford a holiday, poverty report shows

Almost a third of Britons cannot afford a holiday, poverty report shows | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Office for National Statistics analysis also shows growing number (36.6%) unable to pay an unexpected bill
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Excellent context for discussion of relative poverty in the UK. Which of the items in the chart would be considered essential for life here?

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Labour pledges new 'jobs guarantee'

Labour pledges new 'jobs guarantee' | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Labour says it will guarantee a job for the long-term unemployed, paid for by restricting tax relief on the pension contributions of high earners, if it was in government.
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Average Salary UK - UK Salaries - UK Wages - PayScale United Kingdom

Average Salary UK - UK Salaries - UK Wages - PayScale United Kingdom | Labour Market | Scoop.it
UK Salaries - What is the average salary in the UK? Research average wages in UK based on job title, city and more. Free UK salary comparison report.
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Useful site to find wage data

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Living wage 'would save billions'

Living wage 'would save billions' | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Widespread use of a so-called living wage could save the government £2bn a year, according to two think tanks.
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Does it pay to be flexible?

Does it pay to be flexible? | Labour Market | Scoop.it
The UK has one of the most flexible labour markets in Europe - but will easing hiring and firing rules make it even more nimble?
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Working Futures 2010-2020 : Main Report | Publications | UKCES

Working Futures 2010-2020 : Main Report | Publications | UKCES | Labour Market | Scoop.it
This report contains the detailed findings of the latest Working Futures study. Working Futures 2010-2020 provides the most comprehensive picture available of the future UK labour market.
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Cathay Pacific crews threaten 'no-smile' strike - Telegraph

Cathay Pacific crews threaten 'no-smile' strike  - Telegraph | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Cathay Pacific flight crews may stop serving alcohol and smiling at passengers after voting in favour of industrial action during the Christmas holidays over a salary dispute, union bosses said on Tuesday.
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UK 'not ready for ageing society'

UK 'not ready for ageing society' | Labour Market | Scoop.it
The UK is "woefully underprepared" for the social and economic challenges presented by an ageing society, a Lords committee warns.
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David Smith's EconomicsUK.com: Close the productivity gap, or we get even poorer

David Smith's EconomicsUK.com: Close the productivity gap, or we get even poorer | Labour Market | Scoop.it
David Smith's EconomicsUK - all the economics you'll ever need...
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Falling wages are better than rising dole queues

Falling wages are better than rising dole queues | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Employment is rising because the government is trying to get people off benefits and back into work – but a bigger factor has been the willingness of workers to accept a drop in real wages
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Costa Coffee barista: 'I'm going to cling on to this job' - Telegraph

Costa Coffee barista: 'I'm going to cling on to this job' - Telegraph | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Costa Coffee made headlines after 1,700 people applied for just eight vacancies in Nottingham. We meet the lucky few
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Espresso Mode's curator insight, March 1, 2013 11:10 AM

Winning against a tidal wave of job applicants.

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'Millions' face council tax rise

'Millions' face council tax rise | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Millions of the poorest households in England face a rise in council tax from April because of benefit changes coming into force, a report says.
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A higher minimum wage is an easy answer that won't work - Telegraph

A higher minimum wage is an easy answer that won't work - Telegraph | Labour Market | Scoop.it
It was Robert Heinlein, the science fiction writer, who put it best.
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A wide range of limitations and criticisms of the Living Wage. One-sided but useful for evaluation questions.

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2012 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

2012 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings | Labour Market | Scoop.it
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Most current labour market data and really useful for understanding the structure of employment and earnings in the UK

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Robots: Brave New World moves a step closer

Robots: Brave New World moves a step closer | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Getting robots to perform mundane household chores is becoming reality, rather than merely a plot in a science fiction novel.
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Consider how these changes will affect the employment prospects of certain workers. How might it affect equality/unemployment?

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Employed 'to reach 30 million'

Employed 'to reach 30 million' | Labour Market | Scoop.it
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says employment should grow to a record high by 2015.
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UK is underemployed

UK is underemployed | Labour Market | Scoop.it
Should we be surprised to learn that there are now one million more "underemployed" people in the UK than in 2008?
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UK Employment and Skills Almanac 2010 | Publications | UKCES

UK Employment and Skills Almanac 2010 | Publications | UKCES | Labour Market | Scoop.it
The UK Employment and Skills Almanac 2010 provides a comparable, comprehensive, and robust labour market information resource alongside the Almanac Online project site (see link in panel on the right) Four key themes are identified which are used...
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Essential wider reading for the UK Labour Market including the current state of productivity, skills, failure and policy.

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