UK Wages

The Growing Demand for a £10 National Minimum Wage

Alan Wyllie | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It isn't hard to find evidence of income inequality in the UK. One easy way of showing the blatant inequality in our society is by comparing the rises in NMW against the raises of CEO salaries over the same time period. If the NMW had risen at the same rate a CEO's salaries then the NMW would now be a whopping £19 p/h. With that in mind, a £10 per hour NMW does not seem too much to ask.

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're Getting A Pay Rise! (But Only If Your Boss Pays Living Wage)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

The Living Wage is to increase by 20p to £7.85 an hour, boosting the pay of 35,000 workers, it has been announced. The new figure was revealed as a ...

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...

How It Feels To Be Worth Less

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Our labour is worth just the same as anyone else's. Don't let society carve into to stone what we know to be wrong by allowing this opinion to go unchallenged...

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...

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.

Why I Am Giving Up Tipping, Part II

Jeff Salmon | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jeff Salmon

In countries where tipping is not the norm, the general understanding is that tipping is a reward for those who go above-and-beyond to offer a top-quality service. However, the Japanese, for example, suggest that the employer is paying good money for their staff to do precisely that - and surely that work ethic cannot be faulted.

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...

Why I Am Giving Up Tipping - And You Should Too

Jeff Salmon | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jeff Salmon

It has taken me 61 years to realise: I'm an idiot. Up to now, I've always been a generous tipper... But I've finally come to my senses and now find the habit dated and downright embarrassing for both tipper and tippee.

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...

Rate Hike Votes Three Years in the Making

Jeremy Cook | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Today, the UK economy is in a lot better shape. Growth of 3.2% in the year to July - the strongest in the G10 - and the fears that to hold off on rate rises would create potential for dangerous bubbles in credit markets have been enough to move the votes of Martin Weale and Ian McCafferty to vote for a 25bps increase.

More Of You Are Working For Yourselves, But Still Worse Off

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

Most of the new jobs created in Britain since the financial crash have involved people becoming self-employed while average income for people working ...

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...

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.

Wake Up to Reality: We Must Be Bolder With the Minimum Wage

Charlie Mowat | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

The advantages of raising the minimum wage seem to be very clear - motivated staff leading to higher productivity and lower turnover, a lower benefits bill and greater spending power in communities

To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.

How We Can Tackle the UK Pay Gap

Deborah Hargreaves | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Deborah Hargreaves

The IMF endorsed the UK's economic recovery on Friday, but it highlights chronic weak productivity as a potential threat to the upswing. The puzzle o...

Asa Bennett

Do Migrants REALLY Drive Down Pay For Low-Paid Brits?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Politics

There is a new consensus in British politics: foreign-born workers hurt the wages of British-born workers. Ukip, which came top of the European ele...

Here's Why Your Wages Still Won't Be Rising Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics

Inflation rose for the first time in 10 months in April, dashing hopes that the recovering economy could finally see wages start to rise in real terms...

Miliband Makes Massive Minimum Wage Pledge

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has pledged that the national minimum wage would rise substantially, being linked in law to average earnings, if Labour returned to power....

The Demise of Competition: Why Atletico Deserve Our Support

Hamish Mackay | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

Plenty of English fans delighted in the schadenfreude of Liverpool's late-season collapse but it's to the detriment of the sport the underdogs don't succeed more often. Regardless of club loyalties we should be able to enjoy the unlikely success of clubs with significant financial disadvantages.