Economy

Sheila Attwood 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

New and updated

  • Business confidence: private sector

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include the outlook on the service sector from the CBI Quarterly Service Sector Survey, February 2017.

  • Inflation

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include official inflation data from the ONS for January 2017, along with the latest forecasts from our panel of economists. The next ONS release date is 21 March 2017.

  • Recruitment

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include data for January 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 8 March 2017.

  • Apprenticeship levy

    Date:
    24 January 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    New apprenticeship levy for large employers with a paybill of more than £3 million per year will be payable with effect from 6 April 2017.

  • Working hours

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include official statistics from the ONS on average weekly hours worked in the UK for the three months to the end of November 2016. The next ONS release date is 15 March 2017.

  • Unemployment

    Type:
    Indicators

    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 15 March 2017.

  • Gig economy inquiry by Work and Pensions Committee launched

    Date:
    2 December 2016
    Type:
    News

    The Work and Pensions Committee has announced an inquiry into the UK welfare system's ability to adequately support the growing number of gig economy workers.

  • Taylor review on modern employment practices launched

    Date:
    30 November 2016
    Type:
    News

    The review looks into the impact of changes to the labour market, addressing questions on issues such as job security, wage levels and employees' rights.

  • Employment tribunal decides Uber drivers are workers

    Date:
    28 October 2016
    Type:
    News

    Uber drivers are workers and are entitled to receive the national minimum wage and paid annual leave, according to an employment tribunal ruling that is being seen as a test case for the employment status of the gig economy's growing workforce.

  • Gig economy worker rights inquiry announced

    Date:
    27 October 2016
    Type:
    News

    The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into the changing nature of work, and the status and rights of workers in non-traditional employment roles.

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