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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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....

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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....

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. May 26, 2014

      David Cameron to focus fire on Labour after European poll result

      David Cameron said the UK Independence party’s victory in the European parliamentary poll reinforced his view that next...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. January 31, 2014

      Weak UK productivity cited as main reason for falling wages

      Weak productivity has been the main factor behind four years of falling real wages in the UK since 2010, the longest...

    26. January 30, 2014

      Skills shortage threatens to curb recovery, warns watchdog

      A sharp rise in skills shortages threatens to hold back the pace of recovery in parts of the economy, according to the...

    27. January 28, 2014

      UK growth belies slip in productivity

      The UK economy grew by 1.9 per cent in 2013, its strongest expansion since 2007, according to preliminary official figures...

    28. January 27, 2014

      Imports boost UK productivity and export potential, says research

      Imports are helping to increase the UK’s productivity and export potential rather than being the enemy to growth, according...

    29. January 24, 2014

      The death and life of Britain’s market economy

      Among the reeling victims of the crash – the sacked workers, liquidated companies, beggared states – lay, for a while, the...

    30. January 23, 2014

      MPC member says keep interest rates low

      A top Bank of England official has signalled interest rates need to stay at their current 300-year low for a while yet,...

    31. January 20, 2014

      Workplaces with big pay gaps hit by disputes and sickness

      Workplaces with big gaps in pay suffer more industrial disputes, more sickness and higher staff turnover than those with...

    32. January 16, 2014

      Minimum wage stirs debate as business frets over productivity

      Political pressure to raise the national minimum wage above inflation could be “quite dangerous” if not matched by higher...

    33. January 15, 2014

      Experts reveal growing concern over skills in 2014

      Predictions for the coming year are always welcome – if only for telling us a little more about the past. Smart insights...

    34. January 1, 2014

      Productivity will continue to be a puzzle

      One of the most important problems to perplex economists in the UK since the crash will continue to puzzle the profession in...

    35. January 1, 2014

      Question 5: Labour market and productivity

      By the end of next year, what are we most likely to be saying about the productivity puzzle? Richard Jeffrey, Cazenove: I...

    36. December 31, 2013

      Yorkshire co-op Suma Wholefoods’ bonus to rival that of John Lewis

      A workers’ co-operative in Yorkshire is paying its staff a bonus to rival John Lewis as the sector ends a difficult year on...

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