Employment

Employment returns to pre-crash levels

12 September 2012 14:30

Employment has almost entirely recovered to its pre-recession peak, according to today’s new figures. Total employment for May to July…

America’s working women

11 September 2012 17:30

We know that the growth of women in work has been a significant driver of household income growth in the…

Michael Fallon and Vince Cable join forces

9 September 2012 10:45

Michael Fallon has given a pugnacious interview to the Sunday Telegraph. He said that Britain must end its obsession with the…

Drop in workless households suggests welfare reform could be starting to work

29 August 2012 14:53

Could we be starting to see the first fruits of the coalition’s welfare reforms? The Office for National Statistics reported today that…

Chris Grayling’s new unpaid work experience scheme

28 August 2012 17:24

Buoyed by his department’s recent success in squashing allegations of ‘slave labour’, Chris Grayling launched a new back-to-work scheme for…

Forget school sports: the Paralympic row could be far more toxic

24 August 2012 15:16

The Paralympic flame is now burning in Trafalgar Square ahead of the Games’ opening ceremony on Wednesday. As it was…

How mini jobs could support people back into work

24 August 2012 8:45

Remember when we used to laugh at Germany’s economy? Gordon Brown loved to contrast its sclerotic labour market with booming…

The weak contract worth £100 million

17 August 2012 18:05

Moving people off sickness benefits and back into the workplace was never going to be an easy job. It’s a…

Good jobs news goes against grain

15 August 2012 11:16

Ministers are generally cautious in welcoming falls in unemployment in case they represent a blip for just one quarter. But…

Danny Alexander’s real enemy

11 August 2012 17:22

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is to drop his normally conciliatory voice to attack the Tories at…

Boris to teach the 1922 some election tricks, and a new Jobs Bill

9 August 2012 9:20

One adviser told me recently that he found James Forsyth’s political column more useful for finding out what’s coming down…

Victory for ministers on ‘slave labour’ schemes

6 August 2012 16:45

Ministers were relieved today when the High Court ruled that the Work and Pensions Department’s back-to-work schemes are not ‘forced…

Cameron should be proud of jobs rise

11 July 2012 13:30

David Cameron said in Prime Minister’s Questions today that there have been 800,000 more private sector jobs under his government.…

Is the Work Programme working?

9 July 2012 18:30

School and welfare reform are the signature missions of David Cameron’s government – but is welfare going wrong? Labour is…

How not to create jobs

15 June 2012 15:00

The Keynes vs Hayek debate is at its sharpest on the issue of employment. Can government create jobs (as Balls…

Bust-up postponed

21 May 2012 17:05

A coalition bust-up was avoided today by Vince Cable’s absence from the Commons for the urgent question on the Beecroft…

Will Nick ignore Vince and go for growth?

21 May 2012 12:07

Vince Cable’s reaction to the coming publication of the Beecroft report — which Pete blogged earlier — suggests that the…

A part-time recovery

16 May 2012 16:15

Today’s jobs figures show a 105,000 rise in employment and a 45,000 fall in unemployment, from the final quarter of…

British jobs, British workers and this government

18 April 2012 17:22

Chris Grayling gave a speech today that mirrored his response to the recent work experience brouhaha: punchy, practical and broadly…

Unemployment is down but are prospects up?

18 April 2012 10:23

The government has fallen on today’s numbers showing employment up by 53,000 and youth unemployment down by 9,000. This is…