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Greta Gietz
2 February 2016
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With the migrant crisis preoccupying Europe’s media and public debates, France’s “economic and social emergency” is easily forgotten. France reported a 10.6% unemployment rate...
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...
Ryan Bourne
16 November 2015
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It is common for Living Wage campaigners to say that adoption of the Living Wage “would benefit staff and businesses”. Why? By increasing pay, it is claimed, firms can reduce turnover,...
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...
Daniel Aaronson, Eric French and Isaac Sorkin
24 August 2015
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When people who work full-time still live in poverty, there is often a strong urge for legislators to ameliorate their situation by requiring employers to pay a higher minimum wage or "living...
Kristian Niemietz
23 July 2015
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Ikea, the self-assembly furniture giant, has announced that it will be introducing the living wage next year. Those who campaigned for it are celebrating it as a major victory. And granted, they have...
Philip Booth
15 July 2015
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Iain Martin argues not just that George Osborne was right to raise the minimum wage but that: “It must feel good to be pure. While others make messy compromises, the hardened...
Ryan Bourne
9 July 2015
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I had a Telegraph blog published this morning detailing my initial reaction to George Osborne’s new ‘National Living Wage’ (NLW) for over-25s announced yesterday. In it, I...
Ryan Bourne
7 July 2015
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With £12bn of working age welfare cuts expected in this Budget, Conservative voices are clamouring for the “Living Wage” to be used as a means of reducing in-work poverty. In the...
Ryan Bourne
17 June 2015
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An unusual alliance has in recent times lined up to support a significant increase in the minimum wage to the so-called ‘Living Wage’. One argument heard by proponents on both left and...
Ryan Bourne
9 June 2015
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The Living Wage Foundation – which lobbies employers to pay £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 elsewhere – has never called for statutory implementation of its cause. It...
Philip Booth
28 May 2015
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In a recent article on CapX, Adam Memon made the case for the minimum wage to be increased to the living wage. In other words, he wishes to see the Green Party’s policies on this matter to be...
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...
Ryan Bourne
27 January 2015
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George Osborne has recently taken to the cause of securing ‘full employment’. A crude analysis might suggest that this a clever political move to focus attention on a Conservative success...
Christopher Snowdon
10 November 2014
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Few economic issues are discussed in the media with such gloom and inaccuracy as social mobility. There is a pervasive belief that, as Alan Milburn claims, 'if you're born poor, you die poor...
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...
Ryan Bourne
28 October 2014
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McDonald's has been a major target for US protestors advocating a significant minimum wage hike. A multi-billion dollar company with a recognisable global brand, it has faced a high-profile...
Ryan Bourne
16 October 2014
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Over the past 24 hours I’ve been asked to appear on three radio shows to discuss Lord Freud’s comments on people with severe disabilities and learning difficulties and the national...
Geoffrey E. Wood
24 September 2014
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We often hear when a group of lower-paid workers goes on strike that they ‘deserve more’, that they ‘need a living wage’. There is now something called the ‘London...