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Len Shackleton
9 February 2016
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The Department for Business Innovation and Skills launched an enquiry into self-employment last July under entrepreneur Julie Deane: it is expected to report shortly. Self-employment jobs have grown...
Len Shackleton
28 January 2016
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Most of the discussion about the upcoming referendum concentrates on what the effects of Brexit would be on the UK. But what of its impact on the rest of the European Union? David Folkerts-Landau of...
Len Shackleton
6 January 2016
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‘Fat Cat Tuesday’ has come and gone. This is the day on which, according to the High Pay Centre ‘Britain’s top bosses will have made more money in 2016 than the average UK...
Len Shackleton
21 December 2015
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The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee is conducting an investigation into the Gender Pay Gap (GPG). Among the proposals it is considering are an extension of mandatory reporting of...
Len Shackleton
30 November 2015
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Real apprenticeships provide skills which workers can take to other employers and obtain a wage higher than they would have earned otherwise. Historically, they were paid for by binding young...
Len Shackleton
29 September 2015
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New government spending programmes rapidly acquire permanence, and their removal then seems heartless and unprincipled. A case in point is free school lunches for all 5-7 year-olds. At the 2013...
Len Shackleton
15 September 2015
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Under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, employment relations in the UK were completely overhauled. A series of legislative acts narrowed the scope of industrial disputes, made unions responsible...
Len Shackleton
19 August 2015
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Exam results day celebrations (or otherwise) are barely over, but bad ideas for reforming the examination system already abound. Nick Gibb, the Schools minister, is considering nationalising the...
Len Shackleton
24 July 2015
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British universities are tightly regulated. But, as often happens with regulation, bureaucratic procedures do not guarantee that things work well. They do, however, generate vested interests, tend to...
Len Shackleton
12 June 2015
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The government’s attempts to reduce immigration are not succeeding. In a piece of classic displacement activity, it now seems determined to impose ever more irksome obligations on business....
Len Shackleton
30 January 2015
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We worry a lot about the problems of getting young people into the workforce, as school leavers or even as graduates. While youth unemployment is thankfully much lower here than in most of...
Len Shackleton
12 January 2015
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Despite all the furore about immigration, comparatively little is written about emigration. But what we know about emigrants from the UK can shed some useful light on the debate about Britain’s...
Len Shackleton
30 October 2014
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Despite a remarkable reduction in employment tribunal claims, the system continues to throw up major problems for employers, with potentially disastrous consequences for business. First, the...
Len Shackleton
24 October 2014
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Earlier this week the Institute for Fiscal Studies published the results of two related research projects evaluating the effects of providing 15 hours a week of ‘free’ childcare to three-...
Len Shackleton
18 September 2014
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Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association, is proposing a new set of rules about the eligibility of non-EU footballers for work visas. The proposals, which would aim to reduce the...
Len Shackleton
4 August 2014
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For a long time, Germany did not have a national minimum wage – although unions, bargaining at industry level, were able to negotiate minima which held across all firms in specific industries....
Len Shackleton
21 July 2014
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A few years ago, a Civitas report estimated that around 73 per cent of the population have ‘protected’ status, in that they may be able to claim that they are discriminated against in...
Len Shackleton
25 June 2014
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland are unique in that the provision of school examinations is not a state monopoly. When external examinations for schools were introduced a century and a half ago...
Len Shackleton
24 June 2014
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John Sentamu, the charismatic Archbishop of York, has again thrown his weight behind the recommendations of the Living Wage Commission he chairs. Not to be confused with the government’s Low...
Len Shackleton
16 June 2014
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It is rare indeed that we see a government policy clearly succeeding in its objectives within a short time frame. However this seems to be what has happened with the coalition’s introduction of...