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    1. 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...

    2. 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....

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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,...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    26. June 3, 2015

      CMI reveals a third of failing UK managers still receive bonus

      Nearly a third of UK managers who were ranked as underperforming last year were given a bonus anyway, according to data...

    27. June 2, 2015

      The misplaced hero worship of start-up founders

      President George W Bush was once believed to have said that the French lack a word for “entrepreneur”. What a pity this...

    28. May 28, 2015

      Executive pay holds the key to the productivity puzzle

      Productivity has declined in all the major developed economies. This fall is not a mystery, as is often claimed. Poor...

    29. May 25, 2015

      Lack of sleep found to lower employees’ productivity

      Do you want to be more productive at work? Make sure you sleep at least seven hours a night — but smoke and drink as...

    30. May 25, 2015

      Productivity: It’s a drag

      Drew Greenblatt surveys the shop floor of his small factory in a down-at-heel district of Baltimore, Maryland, where...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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