Increasing pay gap between public and private sector workers

A study just published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that in April 2011 the average worker in the public sector received 8.2% more in hourly pay than an average worker in the private sector. This compares with differences of 7.8% in 2010 and only 5.3% in 2009. Why is the gap getting wider? Many would argue that … Continue reading

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Tighter labour market leads to fall in “sickies”

Employees took an average of 6.4 days off in 2009 as a result of sickness, which is the lowest level since 1987, when the average was 8.2 days. This is according to the CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, which also estimated that sick leave cost the economy £16.8bn. The reason for this was undoubtedly due to the tightness of … Continue reading

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Recession has led to a fall in EU migration

Georges Lemaitre, an OECD migration expert, claims that there has been a drop of about 25% in the UK from 2007 to 2008 in free movement labour migration, and that it appears that there will be a further 40% drop recorded for 2009. In a recent  interview he also discusses the extent to which governments can control migration flows and the … Continue reading

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