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Nuclear construction pay agreement

In this case study we look at the pay agreement covering the civil engineering works currently being undertaken to construct the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, work on which began properly in March. The pay structure’s guiding principle is progression via the acquisition of skills, and as such, may be a model for pay systems in other parts of the economy. Continue reading Nuclear construction pay agreement

General election: the parties’ policies on employment issues

This election is remarkable for the number of manifesto commitments relating to employment, especially those emanating from the opposition. In particular, Labour’s manifesto contains a 20-point plan for ‘security and equality at work’. And while the Conservatives’ manifesto is not as comprehensive as Labour’s, it contains a number of important statements, as well as revisiting previous manifesto commitments that have not yet been enacted. Continue reading General election: the parties’ policies on employment issues

Labour market continues to break records

The labour market continues to perform strongly on the main measures, according to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), for the period from November 2016 to January 2017. Employment has risen yet again and unemployment has fallen further. Economic inactivity is also lower, while redundancies and vacancies show little change. Continue reading Labour market continues to break records

ONS prefers CPIH measure

The Office for National Statistics has announced that it is to make the CPIH its preferred measure of inflation, from March 2017. The CPIH, which includes a measure of housing costs, based on ‘imputed rents’, will take over from the CPI – which does not include any measure of housing costs – as the government’s main measure of changes in the cost of living. The switch to the CPIH is an attempt to overcome the shortcomings of the CPI in this respect. Continue reading ONS prefers CPIH measure