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Turning the corner: understanding this week’s wage data

14 April 2014 | Matthew Whittaker

After nearly six years in which wage growth has been consistently outstripped by inflation, expectation is building that this week will mark an official ...

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What’s really been happening to living standards?

7 April 2014 | Gavin Kelly

Despite the fact that it’s been centre-stage for a number of years, there is still a lot of confusion about the squeeze on household incomes: ...

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Zero-hours report recommendations

25 March 2014

Report author Vidhya Alakeson outlines the five main recommendations from new report 'Zeroing In: balancing flexibility and protection in the reform of zero-hours contracts'.

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Zeroing In (Size: 1.1 MB)


Zeroing In

There is still uncertainty over the number of workers employed on zero-hour contracts with official estimates being revised upwards to around 600,000 while other studies have put the figures as high as 1 million.  In many cases workers have not realised they are employed on zero-hours contracts until their hours have been changed. The use of zero hours contracts should be reformed to ensure that flexibility can be maintained and workers' rights strengthened to help eradicate misuse.

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