Why the road to full employment is lined with food banks

Economists say a low joblessness rate is not necessarily a sign of a healthy economyBritain’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in January, the lowest level in more than 44 years. Is the return to levels of employment last seen in the 1970s a sign that th…

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UK jobs boom strongest in South Yorkshire and Merseyside, thinktank finds

Resolution Foundation identifies jobs growth hotspots since financial crisisSouth Yorkshire and Merseyside recorded the strongest levels of jobs growth in the decade since the financial crisis, according to a report that also finds low-income household…

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The Guardian view on the gig economy: rights need enforcing | Editorial

Proper patrolling of workers’ rights is welcome. If the losers in the gig economy are to be helped, ministers must be tougherThe increased level of intervention by the government in the labour market since Theresa May became prime minister is both rati…

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Workers get new rights in overhaul but zero-hours contracts remain

Measures include protections for agency workers and heavier fines for malicious employees The government has introduced what it claims to be the biggest package of workplace reforms for 20 years after concerns that ministers have failed to appeal to vo…

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Gig economy fuelled ‘lost decade’ in wage growth – Bank economist

Andy Haldane highlights effects of job insecurity and uncertain hours on payThe rise of insecure work in the gig economy has fuelled a “lost decade” in wage growth in Britain, according to the Bank of England’s chief economist.In a speech to trade unio…

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Wetherspoons dishes out poverty wages. That’s why I’m striking | Katie Southworth

Across the hospitality sector, workers like me are finding there’s strength in numbers. Together, we will win the fight for changeToday, I will go on strike for the first time in my life. I’m taking this action with my fellow Wetherspoons workers, and …

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More regular work wanted by almost half those on zero-hours

‘Flexible hours’ was draw for only 28% taking gig economy contracts, finds labour studyAlmost half of people on zero-hours contracts want more regular work and greater levels of job security, according to a study that challenges the idea that workers …

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