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    1. April 16, 2015

      Politicians’ poll pledges hit by fickle forecasts on UK economy

      Politicians received a sharp reminder this week of the dangers of aligning policy promises with economic forecasts. The...

    2. April 6, 2015

      NHS faces bigger than expected financial ‘black hole’

      The National Health Service is facing an even bigger financial “black hole” than politicians and health leaders have...

    1. April 6, 2015

      Health trust mounts heavy attack on traditional NHS culture

      As politicians trade blows over the state of the health service, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester...

    2. April 1, 2015

      Ed Miliband’s flawed swipe at zero-hours contracts

      Flexible labour markets have been good for the UK. Fears that the recession would leave three million unemployed proved...

    3. April 1, 2015

      UK productivity weakness worsening, says ONS

      Britain’s workers became less productive in the final quarter of 2014, highlighting a significant weakness that has dogged...

    4. March 31, 2015

      Ed Miliband to clamp down on zero-hours contracts

      Ed Miliband will announce plans on Wednesday in effect outlawing most zero-hours contracts, in a toughening of Labour policy...

    5. March 27, 2015

      Keeping the world’s labour markets busy

      Five years into a global recovery and the living is far from easy. The state of the jobs market in advanced economies is...

    6. March 19, 2015

      Boasts debunked as France gets last laugh over UK on productivity

      The chancellor’s Budget speech on Wednesday was peppered with references to Britain’s fine economic health compared with...

    7. March 19, 2015

      Britain can only walk tall if productivity is reignited

      Afascinating feature of the looming UK election is that it is being fought over economic history. So George Osborne,...

    8. March 18, 2015

      UK Budget 2015: Unproductive workers make for a laborious recovery

      George Osborne might have a long-term plan, but we have learnt over the past five years that he is quite happy to change it...

    9. March 5, 2015

      Blame feeble productivity growth for stagnant living standards

      In the financial year that ends on April 5, real household median incomes in the UK will at last regain the levels of...

    10. February 15, 2015

      Miliband plans boost for small businesses

      Ed Miliband will on Monday commit his party to helping Britain’s small businesses as he outlines an industrial strategy...

    11. January 25, 2015

      Productivity figures raise worries over UK economy

      Britain’s economy has lost the ability to improve output from existing labour and assets such as machinery and premises...

    12. January 20, 2015

      UK’s labour regulations must stay light and easy

      David Cameron calls Britain the “jobs machine” of Europe, and has reiterated a vow to restore full employment. Unlike his...

    13. December 30, 2014

      UK wage growth to remain weak, says CIPD report

      UK wage growth is likely to remain weak for at least another year because employers are finding it easy to recruit and...

    14. December 22, 2014

      UK employers look set to engage more staff amid pay rise caution

      Employers plan to hire more staff in every region of the UK next year but they are still cautious about pay, with only a...

    15. December 17, 2014

      A modest Christmas gift for the British economy

      Britain’s economy has been growing for nearly two years. But until this week, the nation’s workers had precious little to...

    16. December 17, 2014

      Productivity will make or break the next government

      Hard as it is to ignore, the rapid fall of inflation is an irrelevance for UK economic prospects compared with productivity...

    17. December 17, 2014

      UK wages inch further ahead of inflation

      Wages have inched further ahead of inflation in the UK, signalling that living standards look set to recover after five...

    18. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Stagnating productivity threatens finances

      Reforms that mean more investment in infrastructure and tackle anomalies in the tax system are all much needed and welcome....

    19. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Recovery in wages to start next year

      Britain is set to lose economic momentum next year but will finally see productivity and wages start to recover, the...

    20. November 25, 2014

      Data reveal slack and stretch in UK workforce

      Are you a dentist in your late 50s in the southwest? There is a good chance you are among the 10 per cent of Britain’s...

    21. November 13, 2014

      Hope for the best on productivity, but prepare for the worst

      In the second quarter of this year, output per hour worked in the UK economy was 16 per cent lower than if the trend rate of...

    22. November 10, 2014

      Technology threatens 1 in 3 UK jobs

      More than a third of all UK jobs are at high risk of disappearing over the next 20 years, according to a study into the...

    23. October 21, 2014

      Public sector cuts worsen low-pay trap

      People in low-wage jobs are more likely to stay in them for a decade or more since the financial crisis, say researchers....

    24. August 29, 2014

      Wondrous yet puzzling: a 36-year journey through changing Britain

      In my end is my beginning. We could almost be in 1978 or 1979. Singer Kate Bush is triumphantly back on stage, a Scottish...

    25. August 13, 2014

      Wage growth feeble as UK economy recovers

      Mark Carney gave Britain the good news first on Wednesday and then he came to the “but”. The recovery was on track and...

    26. August 5, 2014

      Bank lending at root of UK’s economic ‘puzzles’

      The performance of the UK economy from the start of the financial crisis until early 2013 was unusual in a number of...

    27. July 6, 2014

      Scottish private sector less productive than rest of UK, says study

      Scotland suffers from a large and persistent productivity gap with the rest of the UK, according to academic research that...

    28. July 2, 2014

      The puzzle of Britain’s productivity problem is easily solved

      For almost half a century, England’s football fans have exuded hope over experience. Forecasts of world domination end in...

    29. July 1, 2014

      Strong UK manufacturing activity points to robust growth

      Britain’s manufacturing sector finished the second quarter on a strong note, with an index of sentiment among purchasing...

    30. June 26, 2014

      Poor productivity is no puzzle

      Ian McCafferty, an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, believes “Britain’s ‘productivity...

    31. June 18, 2014

      Trade, the pound and the recovery

      The speed and strength of Britain’s economic recovery has taken many experts by surprise, not least Mark Carney, the...

    32. May 21, 2014

      Study lifts UK up G7 productivity ratings

      The UK productivity rate is better than that of all other members of the Group of Seven leading economies apart from the US,...

    33. April 27, 2014

      Better training for low paid key to productivity, think-tank says

      Britain’s chronic productivity problem will not be solved unless action is taken to help the low paid improve their skills...

    34. April 2, 2014

      Oilmen, bankers and utilities blamed for fall in UK productivity

      Britain has struggled for five years to understand its deepening productivity crisis that has seen the efficiency of its...

    35. March 31, 2014

      George Osborne shifts Tory focus to ‘full employment’ in UK

      George Osborne has targeted “full employment” as the goal of a future Conservative government, as he attempts to redirect...

    36. March 24, 2014

      UK’s flexible labour gives it edge over US but wages suffer

      When Colin Hughes found himself out of work three years ago, he knew he might struggle given the UK economy was on its...

    37. March 19, 2014

      Budget 2014: UK’s productivity puzzle casts shadow over recovery

      Osborne’s changing fortune The date was Wednesday March 20 2013. A grim looking George Osborne faced down taunts he had...

    38. February 4, 2014

      Minimum wage rise is maximum idiocy

      The hue and cry has gone up on both sides of the Atlantic among the righteous: raise the minimum wage! This ideological...

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