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Philip Booth
14 January 2011
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Another nail was hammered in the coffin of freedom of contract today when the Government confirmed that it was scrapping what it calls the "default retirement age". The "default...
Ruth Porter
5 January 2011
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Today the Prime Minister announced a New Enterprise Allowance to give grants, loans and mentoring to unemployed people trying to start up new businesses. While the focus on the problems facing...
Steve Davies
2 December 2010
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Yesterday Will Hutton published the initial results of the enquiry he has been conducting on the government’s behalf into pay differentials and levels of remuneration for senior managers...
Nick Hayns
5 November 2010
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Tonight is Bonfire Night. That night of the year where some people celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failure to blow up the Houses of Parliament by almost burning down their own and where the government...
Len Shackleton
4 November 2010
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Acas, (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) was originally tipped for abolition by the Coalition. It now appears that it has been spared the flames of the bonfire of Quangos. If it is...
Finbarr Toesland
25 October 2010
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Trade unions in France have historically commanded a disproportionate level of power and influence over government policy. The percentage of workers in unions in 1960 was only 19.6%, and this...
D. R. Myddelton
23 October 2010
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A proposal to merge three London boroughs – Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea – in order to yield significant cost savings has been greeted by trade...
Daniel Knowles
15 October 2010
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It is not clear whether the producers (or the politicians for that matter) intended it, but a new British film about equal pay – Made in Dagenham – has been released at the same time as...
Robert Wenzel
13 October 2010
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The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2010 was awarded jointly to Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides. Diamond, 70, is an economist...
Philip Booth
7 October 2010
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The UK does not have particularly high economic inactivity rates. Large numbers of women tend to work and worklessness amongst those approaching state retirement age is not as high in the UK as in...
Karthik Reddy
6 October 2010
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Nearly one million Britons will see their pay rise to £5.93 this week, from £5.80 per hour last week – representing a 2% rise in the adult minimum wage in accordance with...
Richard Wellings
2 October 2010
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The Equality Act came into force yesterday. It strengthens anti-discrimination law and will make it easier for members of specified groups to win claims for discrimination, harassment and...
Mark Littlewood
29 July 2010
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The coalition government is considering scrapping the fixed retirement age and Minister for Employment Relations, Ed Davey, is promoting the policy on the grounds of choice – You don’t...
Len Shackleton
23 July 2010
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I don’t apologise for returning once more to my hobby-horse, the seemingly unstoppable growth of employment tribunal claims and the pernicious effect of fear of tribunals on the workplace....
Gary S. Becker
28 June 2010
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The 19th Annual IEA Hayek Memorial Lecture, given by Professor Gary Becker on 17 June 2010:
Tim Congdon
26 May 2010
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In the 15 years to 2007, the British economy had on average faster growth (by about 0.5% to 0.75% a year) than its large European neighbours. A similarly benign context of rising trend output and...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2010
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George Osborne’s announcement that he intends to reverse the increase in National Insurance Contributions has rightfully received applause from a number of business leaders, who called...
Kristian Niemietz
31 March 2010
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Unemployment figures may still look bleak, but there is one occupational group which can be thoroughly relaxed about their future employment prospects. If Ending child poverty: mapping the route to...
Len Shackleton
26 March 2010
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After a long and tedious winter, Spring is in the air and the daffodils are coming out. So, unfortunately, are union members. There’s strike activity in the Civil Service over pensions, on...
Len Shackleton
25 February 2010
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The Gordon Brown bullying row has entertained the media and the public for a few days, but the circus is already packing up and leaving town. However it is worth taking this opportunity to comment...