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Employment figures show 42,000 more people in work

16 September 2015 10:18

Employment figures out today show that the number of people in work rose by 42,000 in the three months to…


Is the jobs miracle over?

15 July 2015 10:43

No self-congratulatory tweets from George Osborne this morning: The UK has seen its first quarter-on-quarter rise in unemployment for two…

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Thanks to George Osborne work is about to pay less

10 July 2015 17:24

In his Budget, the Chancellor claimed that ‘those currently on the minimum wage will see their pay rise by over…

The Osborne Austerity

Why doesn’t Osborne admit the link between the jobs miracle and slowing down deficit reduction?

1 April 2015 19:46

Will George Osborne come ever clean about his successes? I caught up with the Chancellor in Leeds today and asked him…

Fast Food Rights campaigners and members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union protest against the rise of zero hour contracts and job insecurity.

The real scandal of zero-hours contracts: HMRC’s greed

25 February 2015 14:42

Cue the Guardian headlines of ‘exploitation’ in ‘Dickensian’ Britain. Nearly 700,000 people are now working on zero-hours contracts, a rise…

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The British economic recovery, in 12 graphs

23 January 2015 14:48

Everything seems to be falling into place ahead of the election for the Tories. Today’s data shows high street spending…

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Labour might not like to admit it but economic growth has created an employment boom

21 January 2015 13:49

With 105 days to go until the General Election, politicians of all sides will be slugging it out between now…


Rachel Reeves’s ‘staggering’ and ‘astonishing’ future of welfare speech

7 August 2014 11:26

Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, gave a speech earlier this week on the future of the welfare…

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A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

22 July 2014 11:59

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work, and…

'Would you like fries that?' Liam Byrne back in the Maccas saddle.

Liam Byrne’s burger flip

24 June 2014 11:08

‘As someone who started work behind a fry station in McDonald’s, I know that any job is better than no…


Spectator Event report: Will artificial intelligence put my job at risk?

19 June 2014 13:56

Will computers make humans redundant? It might be the biggest question of our time. Last night Spectator Events, in partnership with…


Debate: will a robot steal your job?

18 June 2014 9:21

Was Karl Marx right all along about capitalism? One of the subjects I like to bore everyone about whenever I…

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Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

6 June 2014 9:49

Ever since the onset of artificial intelligence – simulating human reasoning, problem solving – there has been worry about the…


Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

5 June 2014 10:30

I used to feel smug when plumbers, bricklayers and the like used to complain of Eastern European migrants coming over…

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In defence of Kirstie Allsopp, feminist

3 June 2014 15:20

Kirstie Allsopp was yesterday quoted in the Telegraph saying that women should shun university in favour of buying a flat…

Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

Tax Freedom Day is a reminder of the choice in 2015: high tax Labour, low tax Conservatives

28 May 2014 14:02

Tax Freedom Day, which falls today, is cause for celebration. It marks the point in the calendar when someone’s income…

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Labour market flexibility and dignity

6 May 2014 9:00

Two front pages today report what they see as bad news, and both stories are certainly ones politicians need to…

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New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal…

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France – worker’s paradise or Steynian Dystopia?

11 April 2014 14:12

Un autre jour glorieux dans la lutte contre réalité économique. France’s major employers’ federation and two unions have signed an…

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The minimum wage is broken – here’s how to fix it

2 April 2014 14:34

While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have…

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The Conservatives’ moral mission: jobs, jobs, jobs

1 April 2014 10:56

Remember Labour’s defining mission: ‘education, education, education’? Yesterday we had the Conservative equivalent ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’. In what some might…

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George Osborne’s ‘fight for full employment’ speech – full text

31 March 2014 12:28

In a speech given at Tilbury Port in Essex, Chancellor George Osborne hailed cuts to business and personal taxes this…

Protests Are Held Throughout The UK Opposing The Coalition Government's Spending Review

‘Almost a conservative’ – in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014

11 March 2014 10:28

Very sad to hear of Bob Crow’s death. Doubtless his erstwhile political opponents will be falling over themselves to say…


The view from Davos: Man vs machine

26 January 2014 22:31

At Davos the choice each day is staggering:  in one single hour I could have gone to any one of…

Jobs centre

Jobs figures suggest Cameron and Osborne have survived their 364 economists moment

22 January 2014 11:15

What is Ed Miliband going to ask David Cameron about at Prime Minister’s Questions today now that the latest employment…