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    1. April 18, 2016

      Treasury model weighs up the Brexit options

      The reaction from the Leave campaign to the Treasury’s dossier on the costs of leaving the EU was immediate and...

    2. April 12, 2016

      Why quitters are not failures but a sign of success

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    1. April 8, 2016

      Grim manufacturing data dent UK recovery

      It was another grim month for Britain’s factories in February, with the largest fall in output for more than two years....

    2. April 7, 2016

      UK productivity falls by most since financial crisis

      Productivity in Britain has deteriorated by the most since the financial crisis, adding to concerns about the economy’s...

    3. March 30, 2016

      UK companies look for loopholes around living wage

      Britain’s employers are shifting to more flexible work contracts while cutting overtime, bonuses and other staff perks...

    4. March 25, 2016

      Workers feel much of their day is wasted

      UK employees say that more than a third of the hours they spend at work are unproductive. A poll of 6,250 employees in...

    5. March 17, 2016

      The age of uncertainty is upon us

      Productivity is not everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. This truth, enunciated by the Nobel...

    6. March 16, 2016

      Budget 2016: bleak outlook for economy as productivity downgraded

      Britain’s economy is smaller and weaker than previously thought, judged the nation’s economic watchdog in an...

    7. March 15, 2016

      Do not rely on ‘sofapreneurs’ to prop up the economy

      Talk to the owner of a place like Shoe Shuffle, an independent shoe shop in the English seaside town of Hastings, and...

    8. March 8, 2016

      Supermarket shelf gamble behind UK minimum wage

      British politicians do not make a habit of saying nice things about the French economy. So when Nick Boles, a UK...

    9. February 29, 2016

      Top 10 hits and misses from Lord King’s list of predictions

      Mervyn King’s prediction that the eurozone will collapse under its own political and economic contradictions raises the...

    10. February 24, 2016

      Osborne warned over minimum wage rise

      Productivity in Britain will need to stage a remarkable revival if it is to keep pace with the planned increases in the...

    11. February 11, 2016

      Productivity in NHS hospitals falls for third year

      Productivity in NHS hospitals has fallen for the third year running, according to official data that will intensify the...

    12. January 20, 2016

      UK unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 2006

      Unemployment in Britain has dropped to its lowest rate in almost a decade but persistently weak pay growth has...

    13. December 15, 2015

      Wage growth set to slow next year, think-tank warns

      Pay growth in Britain will slow next year unless productivity rebounds strongly, an independent think-tank has warned....

    14. November 30, 2015

      Success of living wage gamble will depend on employers’ response

      George Osborne may have backtracked on cutting tax credits in the Autumn Statement but he is ploughing on with plans to...

    15. November 26, 2015

      The fantasy of Britain as ‘most prosperous economy’

      George Osborne, UK chancellor of the exchequer, has a vainglorious streak. Presenting his Spending Re­view, he...

    16. November 24, 2015

      Autumn Statement: business urges bigger funding for productivity

      Support for measures to boost productivity was the common theme of submissions by business groups ahead of chancellor...

    17. November 16, 2015

      New CBI chief will ‘listen to and respect’ UK eurosceptics

      The new director-general of the CBI has said she will “listen to and respect” the views of members of the lobby group...

    18. October 21, 2015

      Hospital productivity tsar criticises working practices

      The Labour peer charged by the government with improving productivity in the NHS has found “inexplicable and sometimes...

    19. October 1, 2015

      UK productivity back to pre-crisis levels

      Productivity in the UK has finally climbed above its pre-crisis level, although the feat has taken seven years and left...

    20. September 25, 2015

      Fifth of UK companies in ‘survival mode’, survey finds

      A fifth of Britain’s businesses are still stuck in “survival mode”, unable or unwilling to invest to improve their...

    21. September 18, 2015

      UK productivity shortfall at record high

      The UK’s productivity shortfall compared with other advanced economies has widened to the largest on record. Output per...

    22. September 18, 2015

      A very understated British recovery

      Football fans from Continental Europe and the residents of Magaluf have grounds to dispute the reputation of the...

    23. August 24, 2015

      CBI upgrades UK growth forecast

      Britain’s biggest business lobby organisation has upgraded its economic growth forecasts in a bullish call that the UK...

    24. August 12, 2015

      Jobs figures raise UK productivity hopes as pay climbs solidly

      Jobs growth has stalled in Britain for the second month running, but pay is rising solidly and productivity might...

    25. July 26, 2015

      Focus falls on competition to boost UK productivity

      When the government launched its plan to boost Britain’s long-term productivity and growth this month, the most...

    26. July 23, 2015

      To boost Britain’s productivity, cancel August

      The conundrum of the UK’s lagging productivity exercises some of the brightest minds in finance. There is endless talk...

    27. July 22, 2015

      Iain Duncan Smith urges companies not to abandon sick staff

      Business chiefs will be urged to stop abandoning sick workers, as Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary,...

    28. July 15, 2015

      Rise in both wages and unemployment puzzles economists

      Unemployment has edged up in the UK for the first time in two years but workers’ wages are rising at a healthy clip, in...

    29. July 12, 2015

      Osborne experiments with wage rise in bid to boost productivity

      George Osborne’s decision to force up Britain’s minimum wage will make the labour market the guinea pig for an...

    30. July 10, 2015

      George Osborne’s magic has fooled us, for now

      He has mastered the art of misdirection as well as any stage magician. Everyone knew George Osborne was going to...

    31. July 9, 2015

      UK planning system faces shake-up in productivity drive

      George Osborne’s productivity push is set to be the biggest shake-up to Britain’s sclerotic planning system for nearly...

    32. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Osborne tries to tackle UK productivity problem

      For an economic concept often relegated to academic discussions, productivity featured prominently in George Osborne’s...

    33. July 1, 2015

      Rise in investment raises hopes UK can fix productivity problem

      Two new lasers have just arrived in a small factory in south Yorkshire, capable of slicing through anything from paper...

    34. June 26, 2015

      Small businesses decry UK skills shortage

      The UK’s 5m small businesses have called on the Treasury for help to enable them to find skilled staff, negotiate the...

    35. June 22, 2015

      Bank of England strikes upbeat note on productivity growth

      The Bank of England has struck an optimistic note on productivity growth, saying rising wages will push companies to...

    36. June 17, 2015

      UK wages rise at fastest rate since crisis

      Real wages are now growing at their fastest rate in nearly eight years but economists warned the recovery in incomes...

    37. June 9, 2015

      Free to be more productive: family business Grainger & Worrall

      Aviewing platform overlooking the factory floor is as close as visitors can get to the Formula One production line at...

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      June 4, 2015

      Lord Jim O'Neill braces to tackle the UK productivity 'puzzle'

      Lord Jim O’Neill, formerly my colleague and chief economist at Goldman Sachs, has just delivered his maiden speech as...

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