Hard work fails to end productivity woes

Report calls for skills rethink as workload pressures pile up

The Broadgate centre, near Liverpool Street station in the City of London

Employee disputes keep City lawyers busy

Companies seek to poach rival teams as market conditions improve

Why sterling is overvalued

Pound is at lot higher against dollar because US productivity has outpaced the UK’s

US jobless claims near lowest since 2007

Brazil unemployment declines and inflation lower than forecast

One in 10 London households ‘overcrowded’

Newham in east London has the worst level of overcrowding

Pound hits four-year high on rate outlook

Some now believe interest rates will move later this year

Wages exceed inflation after long squeeze

‘Double dose’ of good news for households

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UK’s real wage squeeze ends

Sarah O’Connor looks at Britain’s labour market figures

BKEYH3 Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK.

UK’s life expectancy wealth gap shrinks

Longevity of men improving, data show

Politically important jobs day delayed

The UK is not yet at the arbitrary point where “average pay” is rising faster than “average prices”

UK wage growth rises to match inflation

Quarter of self-employed want secure jobs

Findings fuel debate about rise in entrepreneurialism

George Osborne’s secret weapon

Chancellor should take care with dynamic modelling

Super Tuesday for EU bank regulation

UK inflation falls to 1.6%

March CPI figure boosts hopes squeeze on living standards is easing

UK fixed investment set to grow 7%

HSBC predicts 7.1% rise compared with 3.6% pre-recession average

A lower sterling to cut UK’s deficits

Improvement would be hard to achieve at today’s exchange rates

UK retail sales fall for second month

Southwest helps power economic recovery

Region experiences most rapid house price inflation in country

WTO raises global trade forecasts

Upturn in US and Europe likely to lead to stronger-than-expected growth