Sarah O’Connor is an investigations correspondent for the Financial Times. She also writes a fortnightly column for the opinion section on the world of work.
She joined the FT in 2007 and has covered the US economy from Washington DC, the UK economy from London and the financial crisis from Iceland.
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Britons work harder and faster than French and Germans yet productivity is lower
In every other sector of the economy, performance management is the employer’s job
British employees under more pressure than for quarter of a century, says study
Survey finds banks, brokers and insurers preparing to relocate operations and staff
Local and national policymakers should work harder to connect rural areas to cities
Flexible working is touted as the future but too often resembles an exploitative past
Payday lenders did not target the jobless, but low-paid employees in volatile jobs
Groups, to act fairly, should be representative of those subject to their decisions
Fewer jobless and less migration making vacancies harder to fill, survey shows
Stepping off the hamster wheel occasionally can boost stamina
Don’t let changing tastes obscure the unfair economic blows our generation has taken
Higher wages are not the only, nor the most important, consequence of full employment
Sarah O’Connor’s top reads this week: is WeWork worth $20bn, do bankers earn their pay, and is it ‘you’re’ or ‘your’?
Being on even a more attractive floor is tough if you believe you cannot climb off
British migration policy puts too much emphasis on money instead of human capital
When suppliers have few options, employees have fewer still
In parts of Leicester, workers are paid as little as £3.50 an hour. Why is no one being held responsible?
Use of agency staff shifts the downturn risk on to newer, younger employees
In the gig economy the relationship between employer and employee is fraying
The big ideas and themes of the 21st century explored by Financial Times columnists to shed light on our changing world
Ratings may be unreliable, but making them portable will improve labour mobility
Housing costs are forcing essential workers to live far from jobs in the centre
Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, has been touring some of the poorest parts of the UK and he spoke to Sarah O'Connor about what he found