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Len Shackleton
2 February 2010
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" You couldn’t make this one up. A spectacularly unsuccessful contestant in Britain’s Got Talent, Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, has lodged an Employment Tribunal case against the ITV...
Len Shackleton
25 January 2010
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has just published proposals for “voluntary” reporting of the gender pay gap in businesses with more than 250 employees. I put “voluntary...
Kristian Niemietz
16 December 2009
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The UK still has a higher proportion of children living in workless households than any other member state of the EU-27. This is the result of an unfortunate combination of two circumstances: first...
Len Shackleton
11 December 2009
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Two or three weeks back I wrote briefly about the latest figures on the gender pay gap, basing my comments on an ONS press release. Earlier this week I attended an ESRC conference on gender...
Len Shackleton
17 November 2009
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The new official figures on the gender pay gap, published last week, make an interesting read and have, as usual, been used as a stick with which to beat employers. It’s worth looking at them...
Mark Littlewood
28 October 2009
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With youth unemployment rising to 1 million, the government – or more realistically the Tories – need a radical rethink of the how the British labour market works. Or more to the point,...
Philip Booth
14 October 2009
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According to Keynes, sticky prices in markets lead to a phenomenon whereby we can get disequilibrium in the labour market unless the government intervenes to prevent deflation. As ever, all the...
Terry Arthur
12 October 2009
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One of the strangest things about this recession is surely the shameless neglect of unemployment figures by the politicos, anxious to tell us that the worst is over. (I am no Cameron fan but at...
Len Shackleton
23 September 2009
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The papers and airwaves are full of Baroness Scotland’s difficulties over her Tongan housekeeper. I have no strong feelings about what her political fate should be, but I do think, as Oscar...
Len Shackleton
8 September 2009
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An interesting case is going through the courts at the moment. Its resolution could further expand Employment Tribunal jurisdiction at a time when almost 200,000 claims are being registered annually...
Art Carden and Joshua Hall
25 August 2009
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The International Labor Organization and other groups argue that the absence of international labour standards makes it harder for the world’s poor to escape poverty; further,...
Tom Papworth
24 August 2009
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Egalitarians are enjoying the financial crisis, digging up old ideas that have long since had their day. Last week Compass launched its campaign for a High Pay Commission to curb “excessive...
Len Shackleton
21 August 2009
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Compass, a left-wing pressure group, has added to the continuing squabble over pay by calling for a High Pay Commission. Its proposals have attracted support from a wide range of commentators and...
Len Shackleton
8 July 2009
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The Department for Work and Pensions has been conducting an experiment which involves sending out bogus applications for 1,000 jobs nationwide. In each case it has sent out two applications, with...
Len Shackleton
26 June 2009
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This week, researcher Bernard Casey of Warwick University created media interest with a presentation pointing out that days lost at work as a result of stress now exceed the days lost because of...
J. R. Shackleton
26 May 2009
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In the current febrile, even Jacobin, climate it may seem foolhardy to offer a defence of pay inequality. However, here goes. The classic explanation of how a free labour market allocates people to...
J. R. Shackleton
29 April 2009
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Harriet Harman’s long-promised Equality Bill looks set to land employers with further regulatory burdens, while doing little to meet its ostensible objectives – themselves of debatable...
Philip Booth
20 February 2009
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This is not the first time this subject has been covered on the IEA blog – but the point needs repeating. We should remove all impediments to employment in a recession and this should include...
Richard Wellings
5 February 2009
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Recent unrest in Latvia and Bulgaria has emphasised the economic difficulties faced by the formerly communist countries in central and eastern Europe. Indeed a new IEA study, New Europe’s Old...
J. R. Shackleton
26 January 2009
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In the last few days, there have been two well-publicised claims that women are likely to suffer relatively more in the gathering recession than men. The first claim was made by the TUC in a report...