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Staffing pressures drive pay rises in logistics

Pay increases in road transport and distribution are higher on average than for the whole economy, driven mainly by recruitment and retention issues. Our recent survey of pay and conditions indicates growth in employment in the sector, accompanied by pressures around recruitment of drivers and retention of warehouse workers. Continue reading Staffing pressures drive pay rises in logistics

ASHE: Lowest-paid fare best as modest earnings growth returns

Full-time employees earned £539 a week at the median in April 2016, 2.2% more than the previous year, according to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This increase is higher than the growth figure of 1.8% shown in the previous year’s ASHE, and indicates that the trend seen in last year’s survey, of a return to modest earnings growth, has continued with the latest figures. Continue reading ASHE: Lowest-paid fare best as modest earnings growth returns

Private sector earnings overtake the public sector

Earnings growth has dropped back, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. Average weekly earnings across the whole economy grew by 2.3% in three-months to July, compared to a year ago, down from the revised figure of 2.5% for June.

In the private sector, average weekly earnings grew by 2.4% in the year to July, down from the revised figure of 2.6% for both May and June but still above the lower levels seen in the spring. Earnings growth in the public sector was 1.7% in the year to June, down from the 1.9% seen in both May and June, but also higher than seen at the start of the year. This still means that average earnings in the private sector at £505 a week are now greater than in the public sector at £499 a week, a trend that has emerged since April of this year. Continue reading this free article

Migrants in the workforce

Migrants form an important part of the UK labour force. They account for around 16% of all employees and for some occupational groups more than half of employees were born outside of the UK. As the new Government pursues policies to ensure continued economic growth following the EU referendum, it will also be judged against its stated aim of reducing net migration. Achieving both of these objectives could prove challenging, not least for those employers that have come to rely on migrants as an important source of labour. Continue reading this free article

Pace of change set to pick up in local government

There are significant differences between local authorities that have opted out of national local bargaining and those that follow the national agreement in terms of basic pay increases, pay progression and other terms and conditions. This is the overall finding from the Survey of Pay and Conditions in Local Government 2015/16 conducted by Incomes Data Research.

Basic pay increases ranged from zero to over 5% at opted-out councils, this compares with the 1% nationally-negotiated increase in 2015. Continue reading Pace of change set to pick up in local government