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Len Shackleton
3 April 2014
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While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have the highest employment rate in the G7. This isn’t hugely...
Len Shackleton
12 March 2014
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I’ve had more than my quota of quotas. Economists have long been critical of these devices, which arise in many different contexts. Import quotas are a non-tariff barrier to trade: countries,...
Len Shackleton
16 January 2014
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It is widely rumoured that the government is moving towards a commitment to increase the national minimum wage (NMW) well above levels suggested by the – usually fairly sensible – Low...
Len Shackleton
14 January 2014
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The UK’s labour market has performed much better since 2008 than many expected. It is clear that, compared with the high degree of regulation in continental Europe, our relatively more flexible...
Len Shackleton
2 December 2013
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The issue of tax avoidance cannot be divorced from the nature of the tax system, and that in turn cannot sensibly be discussed without thinking about what governments spend. We have a hugely...
Len Shackleton
8 October 2013
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Last week, an employment tribunal in Bedford judged Tesco to have indirectly discriminated against two Muslim employees by restricting access to an on-site prayer room at one of its distribution...
Len Shackleton
3 October 2013
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I started studying economics fifty years ago last month, unbelievably (OK, I was a precocious child). Over the decades I have had many doubts about my chosen discipline. Were its prescriptions too...
Len Shackleton
22 September 2013
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The Labour Party is planning to introduce a requirement that employers bringing in a non-EU skilled worker under the ‘Tier 2’ immigration conditions will in future have to create a high-...
Len Shackleton
17 September 2013
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Last week Margaret Hodges’ Public Accounts Committee, increasingly resembling some sort of neo-Jacobin Committee of Public Humiliation, gave BBC managers a torrid time over their role in...
Len Shackleton
2 August 2013
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I wonder what those famously cynical private eyes Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe would have made of the new regulations which Theresa May is imposing on their British equivalents? It was announced this...
Len Shackleton
18 June 2013
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Zero-hours contracts are in the news again, with Vince Cable last week announcing an enquiry into this type of arrangement. These contracts involve people agreeing to be available for work as and...
Len Shackleton
10 May 2013
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  It may sound incredible given the current political debate, but the UK government now spends more as a percentage of GDP on childcare than all European countries except Denmark. Yet the...
Len Shackleton
19 April 2013
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  It was interesting to read in The Times this week that many American companies which offer health insurance are fining employees who do not maintain their weight below a certain...
Len Shackleton
20 February 2013
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Today’s labour market figures again present a largely positive picture, with unemployment falling once more, employment rising sharply, and economic inactivity falling. But there is plenty...
Len Shackleton
1 October 2012
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It is very difficult to deregulate the labour market. Here is a timely case in point – the continuing existence of the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets the new rates of pay for various...
Len Shackleton
20 September 2012
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  Patrick McLoughlin and Michael Gove are competent and well-thought-of Secretaries of State. As Conservatives, they presumably assert from time to time generalities about the virtues of...
Len Shackleton
11 September 2012
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Last week Ed Miliband suggested that a new Labour government could introduce a requirement for all government contractors to pay a ‘living wage’ well in excess of the national minimum...
Len Shackleton
21 June 2012
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I admit that I’ve never been a fan of Jimmy Carr and am surprised to learn just how much he has apparently been earning for his rather predictable anti-establishment comedy. But if...
Len Shackleton
8 May 2012
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I am looking forward to the Olympics as I’m sure you are. But I’m also sure I’m not alone in wondering quite why we have needed to spend £9.3 billion (the Public Accounts...
Len Shackleton
27 April 2012
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Age discrimination is one of the fastest-growing categories of Employment Tribunal claim. In the last full year for which figures are available, there were 6800 claims, as against only 5200 the...

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