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  1. 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...

  2. July 2, 2014

    The puzzle of Britain’s productivity problem is easily solved

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. June 24, 2014

    MPs accuse Carney of confusing signals over interest rates

    MPs have accused Mark Carney, the Bank of England governor, of sending out confusing signals over the timing of interest...

  4. 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...

  5. May 28, 2014

    Spotlight falls on unlikely rebel

    Martin Weale feels a weight of responsibility as he sits in his wood-panelled office in the Bank of England and ponders how...

  6. 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...

  7. 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,...

  8. May 20, 2014

    Company formations hit UK record

    The number of company formations in the UK has hit a new high, according to official figures. There were 526,874...

  9. 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...

  10. April 21, 2014

    Queen’s Awards: UK shows its strengths in trade and innovation

    Exports may so far have been one of the disappointing elements in the UK’s economic recovery, but this year’s winners of the...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. March 29, 2014

    Terms unveiled for review into union dispute tactics

    Ministers have announced revised terms for a much-delayed and heavily diluted inquiry into alleged union intimidation in...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. February 2, 2014

    Osborne taken to task on call for £7 minimum wage

    George Osborne was wrong to raise hopes that the national minimum wage could be restored to its pre-recession value of £7...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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,...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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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