2018 risks being a standstill year on pay

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

2018 looks set to be a standstill year. On the biggest political issue of our time we will spend all 365 days of it leaving, but not out, of the EU. It also looks set to be a standstill year for our economy as most people experience it – on pay and employment we may … Continued

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Unwrapping the agency worker pay penalty

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

Christmas is coming – and many of the presents we’re all busy buying are being picked and packed in warehouses, delivered by drivers, or sold to us in shops by staff who are not directly employed, but who work through an agency instead. So how has this part of the workforce fared over the course … Continued

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Auto-enrolment has had a great beginning. But will it have a happy ending?

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Housing, Wealth and Debt, Intergenerational Commission

We hear a lot about good policy plans gone wrong (Universal Credit springs to mind) for obvious reasons. But we ought to listen (and learn) from successes too. Auto-enrolment into workplace pension savings is the obvious candidate for this cheery policy tale, though the story has only just begun. Over nine million have signed up … Continued

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‘The rise of the robots’ and ‘productivity pessimism’ can’t both be right

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Public Finances and the Economy

Talk of looming automation, AI and robots is pervasive in public policy chat – including in the government’s new industrial strategy. Almost as common are projections that the weak growth of the past decade is here to stay – including in the latest official economic outlook. Sometimes these assumptions are even mentioned in the same … Continued

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Icebreakers, overtime and the squeezed middle

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

One of the wonders of life is that there are a lot of things to talk about. But one of its big let downs is that when people regularly spend time together they often spend it talking about the same old things; the weather, what mutual acquaintances have been up to, the rest. But every … Continued

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