Employment

Revealed: the grey recovery

28 March 2012 17:38

Are pensioners doing their bit for the recovery? The agenda of ‘intergenerational fairness’ has arisen in response to the idea…

Unemployment’s high, but at least it’s stopped rising

14 March 2012 14:41

So, new jobs figures out today. Which do you want first: the bad news, or the kind-of-alright news? The bad…

A Lib Dem alternative to Beecroft

13 March 2012 9:03

When the Beecroft report’s recommendation of ‘Compensated No Fault Dismissal’ was first leaked back in October, Norman Lamb was one…

JET — three letters that spell trouble for the coalition

10 March 2012 13:13

JEET. That, according to Andrew Grice in the Independent, is the new ‘buzzword’ circling around Libdemville (population: 57 MPs, and…

Ed Miliband turns back to Brown (again)

9 March 2012 15:49

At the end of last year, Ed Balls suggested that Labour would be ‘taking a tougher approach to conditionality [for…

Graduates struggling to get graduate jobs

6 March 2012 19:55

Today’s ONS release will make pretty grim reading for students and recent graduates. It shows that the unemployment rate among…

Why the immigration cap isn’t biting — and why that is good news

28 February 2012 15:31

The government’s official advisers on immigration, the Migration Advisory Committee, have today published a report into the restrictions on skilled…

Transcript: Grayling on work experience

24 February 2012 12:51

On the Today Programme this morning, Employment Minister Chris Grayling defended the government’s Work Experience programme in light of the…

How can employment and unemployment go up at the same time?

15 February 2012 11:36

The employment level has risen since the election, according to today’s figures — albeit only slightly, from 29.0m to 29.1m.…

The MoD wastes another opportunity

1 February 2012 18:59

Today’s White Paper on defence procurement makes disappointing reading for the UK defence industry — and for anyone who believes…

The bias towards migrant workers

24 January 2012 10:19

Why are you never served by a Londoner in a London branch of Pret A Manger? I asked thisin the…

Why the government shouldn’t be confident that employment’s rising

18 January 2012 16:41

No two ways about it: today’s employment figures are difficult for the coalition. The unemployment figure’s up for the seventh…

Cameron endures his monthly unemployment grilling

18 January 2012 13:37

Downing Street is painfully aware that one PMQs in four is going to be about unemployment. Today, with the monthly…

Cutting immigration won’t help youth unemployment

9 January 2012 17:18

Reading the papers today, you could be forgiven for thinking that MigrationWatch’s new report was a smoking gun against immigration.…

Immigration to fall in 2012 — but still not on track to hit the Tory target

1 January 2012 12:35

Immigration will remain at the heart of political debate in 2012. Economic downturns tend to heighten concerns about migrants competing…

Who’s right on public v private employment?

15 December 2011 13:13

If you listened to PMQs yesterday, then you’ll have heard two very different accounts of what’s happening in the labour…

Your Autumn Statement check-list

29 November 2011 9:16

I very much doubt today’s Pre-Budget Report will be memorable; a shame, given the circumstances. The supplementary Office for Budget…

Why infrastructure isn’t a magic tonic for the economy

27 November 2011 17:10

Growth plans are a high growth industry — with every day bringing yet another set of ideas, from one quarter…

Cameron: ‘We have to end the sicknote culture’

24 November 2011 9:16

The Prime Minister has backed the proposal for a new independent service to sign workers’ long-term sicknotes, instead of GPs.…

Assessing the sick

19 November 2011 11:18

Should GPs determine whether people on long-term sick leave are too ill to work? Perhaps not, according to the draft…