Employment

Zero hours contracts are popular with fast food chains and shops. Picture: Getty

Labour market flexibility and dignity

6 May 2014 9:00

Two front pages today report what they see as bad news, and both stories are certainly ones politicians need to…

New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal…

France – worker’s paradise or Steynian Dystopia?

11 April 2014 14:12

Un autre jour glorieux dans la lutte contre réalité économique. France’s major employers’ federation and two unions have signed an…

The minimum wage is broken – here’s how to fix it

2 April 2014 14:34

While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have…

The Conservatives’ moral mission: jobs, jobs, jobs

1 April 2014 10:56

Remember Labour’s defining mission: ‘education, education, education’? Yesterday we had the Conservative equivalent ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’. In what some might…

George Osborne’s ‘fight for full employment’ speech – full text

31 March 2014 12:28

In a speech given at Tilbury Port in Essex, Chancellor George Osborne hailed cuts to business and personal taxes this…

‘Almost a conservative’ – in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014

11 March 2014 10:28

Very sad to hear of Bob Crow’s death. Doubtless his erstwhile political opponents will be falling over themselves to say…

The view from Davos: Man vs machine

26 January 2014 22:31

At Davos the choice each day is staggering:  in one single hour I could have gone to any one of…

Jobs figures suggest Cameron and Osborne have survived their 364 economists moment

22 January 2014 11:15

What is Ed Miliband going to ask David Cameron about at Prime Minister’s Questions today now that the latest employment…

Ten things that went badly right in Britain in 2013

20 December 2013 14:59

This was supposed to be the year of strife, strikes, misery and more. Instead, to the surprise of Britain’s politicians,…

The young are losing out. We need to make education work

14 October 2013 16:45

When you started your first job, did you arrive on time on your first day? Did you come dressed in…

Britain’s stated aim of getting Turkey to join the EU is mad

14 October 2013 15:43

Rather to my embarrassment, I find that I missed last night’s episode of the BBC2 three-part series on The Ottomans,…

The ghost of Gordon Brown stalks Ed Miliband’s dangerous business tax plans

24 September 2013 11:10

Gordon Brown was notorious for complicating our already over-complicated tax system, and it seems that his former aide, Ed Miliband,…

Labour’s over-fussing problem

21 August 2013 18:32

Opposition is underrated. You can spend your whole time pointing at Expensive Things and complaining that the Government Should Do…

Unemployment figures: All good news?

14 August 2013 17:20

Unemployment is down, there are fewer people claiming jobseeker’s allowance, and more people are in work than ever before. So,…

AUDIO: Chris Bryant’s car crash Today interview puts more pressure on Ed Miliband

12 August 2013 9:14

Listen to Chris Bryant’s disastrous interview on Today earlier today: listen to ‘Chris Bryant on immigration and employment’ on Audioboo…

Zero-hours contracts have their place in the labour market

5 August 2013 18:32

One million people on zero hours contracts, scream the media – quoting figures released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel…

David Goodhart tells David Cameron how to tackle immigration by reforming the EU

31 July 2013 9:41

Much, if not all, of the discussion about immigration in recent days has barely mentioned migration from the European Union,…

Employment tribunal changes a prelude of what’s to come over legal aid

29 July 2013 9:12

Changes to the legal system come into force today, with workers being charged for bringing cases against their bosses to…

Dear Harriet, what about Labour’s employment practices?

25 July 2013 9:27

Harriet Harperson has written to the editors of seventeen national newspapers with a vast list of questions intended to discover…