The employment rate for May to July 2018 was 75.5% – slightly lower than for February to April (75.6%), but higher than for a year earlier (75.3%). This is according to a September 2018 statistical bulletin from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the UK labour market.
Spending £1 billion increasing work allowances helps more people exit poverty, and provides a larger budget boost to households in lower-income deciles, compared to spending the same amount on lowering the taper.
This is according to the September 2018 Joseph Rowntree Foundation analysis of different ways of boosting the budgets of low-income working households claiming Universal Credit (UC).
One in five young women (20%) and one in six young men (16%) said that they had been offered less than the minimum wage they were entitled to.
This is from the Young Women’s Trust who have published their annual survey (pdf), in September 2018.
Labour market statistics show that a higher proportion of young black men now have degrees compared to 20 years ago, but they are still more likely to experience unemployment and/or underemployment compared to young men from other ethnic groups.
The Greater London Authority have commissioned the Runnymede Trust to fully understand the extent of the problem, to make employers more aware of it and support young black men and employers with potential solutions.
83% of men with caring responsibilities believe that organisations should provide considerable support for employees who look after children or dependent adults but only 43% believe their employer does this.
This is from the September 2018 report (pdf) from Business in the Community, in partnership with Santander, on the roles of women and men in caring responsibilities.
‘The economy is not working for millions of people and needs fundamental reform’ says the September 2018 final report (pdf) from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Commission on Economic Justice.
‘Our approach to social care is unsustainable, not least because we wait until care needs are acute before we address them.’ The New Economics Foundation has published a August 2018 report on sustainable social care in the UK and the role of community businesses.
‘Addressing the risk of exploitation in any future low-skilled work route is likely to be extremely difficult.’
This is according to an August 2018 report from the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory on the future of labour migration for low-skilled work.
The number of young people who are employed or unemployed has decreased from a year ago, but more young people are economically inactive (not in work and not seeking work).
This is from the August 2018 paper from the House of Commons Library on youth unemployment.
‘There is an equality argument for closing pay gaps: no one should be at a disadvantage because of their gender, ethnic origin or disability status.’ This is according to an August 2018 report by the EHRC on measuring and reporting on disability and ethnicity pay gaps.