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 the outlook on the manufacturing industry from the CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey, April 2017.
Apprenticeships are changing, with a levy for large employers now in place. We round up our resources on the apprenticeship levy, including a new "How to" guide on employing an apprentice under the new rules and a revised model apprenticeship agreement that takes account of the changes.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS on average weekly hours worked in the UK for the three months to the end of February 2017. The next ONS release date is 17 May 2017.
Updated to include the latest official statistics from the ONS on employment and unemployment, and labour market forecasts from HM Treasury and ManpowerGroup. The next ONS release date is 17 May 2017.
Updated to include data for March 2017 on the availability and recruitment of permanent and temporary staff from IHS Markit/Recruitment & Employment Confederation. The next figures are due to be published on 9 May 2017.
Does the recent spate of employment status cases have implications for all employers, or just for the gig economy sector? Fiona Rushforth analyses the Uber, CitySprint and Pimlico Plumbers cases for indications of a shift in approach to the classifications of worker or self-employed status.
Philip Hammond used the Spring Budget to launch a series of measures aimed at boosting technical skills and productivity and raising tax contributions from workers who are self-employed or who operate through limited companies.
Are you firming up plans for spending your apprenticeship funding once the levy comes in next month? One avenue worth exploring is degree apprenticeships, and training providers can help your organisation test the waters. David Willett, head of propositions at the Open University, explains.