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    1. May 20, 2015

      Osborne makes priority of boosting UK productivity

      George Osborne has announced plans to improve Britain’s poor productivity record, admitting the country has to deal with...

    2. May 19, 2015

      Average UK workers pose a productivity puzzle

      There is an old joke about the Scotsman who moved to England and raised the average level of intelligence in both countries....

    1. May 13, 2015

      Walk on the supply side needed for UK economy

      Mark Carney ran a blistering time in the London marathon, trouncing most of the City as well as the handful of MPs so...

    2. May 13, 2015

      A UK productivity evangelist with eyes on £300bn prize

      John Neill bristles at the suggestion that he is the leader of a cult. But he is messianic about the need to save British...

    3. May 12, 2015

      The spirit of Thatcher returns to Victoria Street

      Scrapping the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is one of those ideas that has been kicked around Whitehall for...

    4. May 8, 2015

      General election: Markets must temper relief at UK poll result

      We do not have the uncertain outcome to the UK general election that pretty much everyone expected. A bit of market relief...

    5. May 6, 2015

      General election: What Britain’s next chancellor cannot know

      Taxation and spending have been at the centre of the economic battleground in this election. These are among the few levers...

    6. April 23, 2015

      Carmakers buck UK low productivity trend

      The UK may be suffering a productivity crisis but its carmakers are bucking the trend and enjoying record output per worker....

    7. April 22, 2015

      Three easy tests that all the British parties flunk

      The fate of the next British government will be determined by productivity. As the Bank of England said on Wednesday,...

    8. April 21, 2015

      UK’s weak productivity invites a bolder response

      Raise the subject of productivity in any gathering of UK economists and the mood will surely darken. Insofar as opinions...

    9. April 20, 2015

      UK economy failing to innovate

      Britain has been issued a fresh warning over its poor record in innovation and embracing technological change, with new...

    10. April 20, 2015

      UK’s productivity gap has grown under coalition government

      “We literally cannot afford to go on like this,” was the stark warning from the UK coalition government four years ago in...

    11. April 19, 2015

      Weighing up four theories on the UK’s productivity gap

      Theories abound over the causes of the UK’s slump in productivity since the financial crisis; here are four explanations. It...

    12. April 19, 2015

      Solving productivity puzzle is key to government finances

      Britain’s advanced economy and comfortable living standards have been built on productivity growth. Ever since the...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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....

    38. 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...

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