Editor's message: HR and reward professionals need to keep track of inflation rates, labour market data and other key indicators to understand the context in which their organisation is recruiting, retaining and rewarding their employees.
Official statistics from the Office of National Statistics show that despite slow economic growth, the labour market has held up well and unemployment has fallen. With both CPI and RPI inflation at low levels, this has yet to feed through into upward pressure on pay awards or earnings.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS on average weekly hours worked in the UK for the three months to the end of July 2016. The next ONS release date is 19 October 2016.
Updated to include the latest official statistics from the ONS on headline unemployment and the claimant count, and labour market forecasts from HM Treasury and Manpower Group. The next ONS release date is 19 October 2016.
We discuss some recent gig economy employment tribunal claims and the risks faced by organisations that hire freelancers through web applications.
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Updated to include data for August 2016 on the availability and recruitment of permanent and temporary staff from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. The REC is due to publish new figures on 7 October 2016.
Updated to include the outlook on the services industry from the CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey, August 2016.
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