UK Pay

'Benefits Street' Is a Red Herring for the Real Issue Surrounding the Welfare State

David Mooney | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Deny it all you want, but at some point in your life you've been forced to clear your browsing history because of some questionable content you found yourself viewing at nearly midnight on a Friday after a stressful week. Sometimes the temptation is just too much to avoid surfing to the wrong side of the tracks and what follows is a swift re-writing of history where we pretend that we were on the phone or had dropped off for a moment instead.

1,000 Jobs Created Every Day - But What Kind of Jobs?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

1.8 million more people are in work since 2010, and that works out at roughly 1,000 per day. It is when you dig a bit deeper that things start to unravel. Only from the middle of 2013 were more employee jobs created than lost. Of the 1.1 million rise in the number in work between 2008 and 2014, 732,000 were actually in self-employment.

The Tories Are Toasting 'Nothing But Good News' On The Economy

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron and George Osborne have been lifted by a series of economic figures that experts described as "nothing but good news". The Office for...

'It's Time Britain Had A Pay Rise,' Says David Cameron. He's Not Wrong...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Comedy

The prime minister recently declared that Britain needs a pay rise. We completely agree... (By Andrea Mann and David Beresford) ...

Here's Why You're Still Getting Poorer, Despite What Your Payslip Says

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's economic management has been awkwardly undermined as new figures show Britons' wages have continued to fall every year in real terms ...

And You Thought The Pay Squeeze Was Finally Over...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics

Britons will have to wait a bit longer to feel the benefit of the pay squeeze ending, as official new figures indicate any wage gains have been comple...

You May Finally Earn A Bit More For The First Time In 5 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics

The pay squeeze may be nearing its end as new official figures indicate that the growth in wages is now outstripping prices for the first time in five...

Think Your Boss Doesn't Deserve Their Big Pay Packet? You May Be Right...

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

The pay of company directors has increased almost twice as fast as for workers and by even more compared with pre-tax profits of their firms, accordin...

Loads Of People Want This Tory Minister Sacked

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Protesters have gathered outside the Department for Work and Pensions demanding the sacking of welfare minister Lord Freud, who was recorded suggestin...

We're On The Verge Of Becoming A 'Permanently Divided' Nation

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Britain is on the verge of becoming a "permanently divided" nation with the poorest in society left behind, a major new report has warned. In a sta...

You'd Not Believe How Much More Your Boss Gets Paid Than You

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics

The average director of a top company is now paid 85 times as much as the average member of their staff, according to a new report. The TUC said bo...

Unemployment Down - But Quality Jobs Remain a Problem

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A job is better than no job, but an economy that creates more part-time work, fake self-employment and low value work, and which continually cuts the real wages of its workers, is not healthy.

Here's Why You're Actually Earning Less (Despite What Your Pay Slip Says)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics

The pay squeeze is not yet over, despite the resurgent economy, as official figures show that inflation is continuing to eat into wages. The Offic...

Why Interest Rates Could Rise 'More Quickly'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Politics

The Bank of England may "have to move more quickly" to raise interest rates if the economic recovery does not see productivity increase along with wag...

Unemployment Fall Disguises Serious Poverty in the UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Unemployment has continued to fall as the claimed economic bounce back saw more UK citizens find work. The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show the same pattern as the last year, but signs of a slowdown in the number entering work mean the country is not out of the woods yet.

Here's Why You're Still Getting Poorer...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's economy continues to grow as more people are in work, but the wellbeing is undercut by the fact that Britons' wages are still falling in rea...

Fake Recovery Continues - Two-Thirds of Jobs Created Since 2008 Are Self-Employed, and Earnings Fall Sharply

Nick Stephenson | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information on changes in self-employment, and confirms what we have said for years: the increase is an issue more of desperation than any 'entrepreneurial spirit'.

Under 30? These Two Have Actually Made You Poorer

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Politics

Young Britons have been hit by a real-terms drop in weekly wages of around 10% under the coalition, analysis released by Labour shows. Earnings for...

These 6 CEOs Are Ludicrously Better Paid Than Their Staff

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

Britain's business leaders have enjoyed seeing their pay packets soar as the economy recovers from the financial crash, but average workers have not b...

Carney Won't Wait For Your Wages To Rise Before Hiking Interest Rates

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics

The Bank of England will not wait for Britons' wages to grow in real terms before hiking interest rates, governor Mark Carney has said. Carney's la...

'I'm Not Muddled, You're Muddled'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics

A defensive Mark Carney accused his critics of being "muddled" as he signalled that the Bank of England will finally hike interest rates when Britons'...

BoE May Wait Until Your Wages Rise Enough To Hike Interest Rates

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Mark Carney is set to signal that Bank of England rate-setters will finally hike interest rates once the growth in Britons' wages takes hold. Brita...

Got A Pay Rise? This Minister Really Does Not Want You To Enjoy It (Yet)

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics

Workers should consider ploughing their pay rises into their pension savings as the government estimates that nearly 12 million people are still not p...

You'll Never Have Got Poorer So Fast By 2015 Since The Victorian Era

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Politics

Britons' wages will by next May never have shrunk so far over the course of a single term of parliament in real terms since the Victorian era, damning...

The UN Wants to Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030 - Let's Make Sure It's Up to the Task

Ian Richards | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Ending extreme poverty or getting an agreement to reduce climate change means creating complex trade-offs between the interests of countries, companies and citizens and civil society. It involves detailed forecasts, legal texts and new ideas that will galvanise negotiators to agreement. It means putting the UN back in a position of international leadership.