Labour market

How to avoid a wage spiral in your business
TUC demonstration for higher wages
Small business

How to avoid a wage spiral in your business

Demands for higher pay are spreading. How should small business owners react?
20 Jul 2022
Is inflation about to drop as recession takes hold?
The Bank of England
UK Economy

Is inflation about to drop as recession takes hold?

Central banks are raising interest rates in an attempt to curb soaring inflation. But will that push the economy into recession? John Stepek looks at …
5 Jul 2022
Let’s adjust to living with Covid and get Britain back to work
Tired man looking at his phone
UK Economy

Let’s adjust to living with Covid and get Britain back to work

The Covid-19 era is over, leaving a stagnant and lethargic workforce in its wake. It’s time to wake up, says Matthew Lynn.
25 May 2022
The UK jobs market is still red hot – but will it last?
Staff wanted poster
UK Economy

The UK jobs market is still red hot – but will it last?

For the first time ever, there are more job vacancies than people to fill them, and wages are rising at a decent clip. But that might just be a tempor…
17 May 2022
The best ways to hire staff in these uncertain times
Chefs in a kitchen
Small business

The best ways to hire staff in these uncertain times

Taking on permanent staff for your business comes with risks, but there are alternatives says David Prosser.
28 Feb 2022
The strong US jobs report is good news for the economy, but not so much for markets
US Economy

The strong US jobs report is good news for the economy, but not so much for markets

January's US jobs report came in much stronger than anyone was expecting, with 467,000 new jobs added to the economy. But things might not be quite as…
7 Feb 2022
A wage-price spiral is stirring in the UK – what does that mean for your money?
UK Economy

A wage-price spiral is stirring in the UK – what does that mean for your money?

The cost of living is rising – and wages aren't keeping up. But with workers having more power than they’ve had in a long time, they're demanding more…
3 Feb 2022
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The UK jobs market is booming – but wages are struggling to keep up with prices
UK Economy

The UK jobs market is booming – but wages are struggling to keep up with prices

Britain’s jobs market is booming, with wages rising and plenty of of vacancies. But inflation is rising faster than wages can keep up. John Stepek loo…
18 Jan 2022
Ask for a pay rise – everyone else is
Inflation

Ask for a pay rise – everyone else is

As inflation bites and the labour market remains tight, many of the nation's employees are asking for a pay rise. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why yo…
17 Jan 2022
The booming jobs market points to inflation lasting for longer
Economy

The booming jobs market points to inflation lasting for longer

It’s a good time to be looking for a job, with plenty of vacancies and wages rising. But higher wagers are driving inflation up – and it’s not just a …
11 Jan 2022
In praise of profits – Ed Yardeni’s stirring defence of capitalism
Economy

In praise of profits – Ed Yardeni’s stirring defence of capitalism

It is commonly held that the average American's income has not risen for decades. But in truth, real earnings have been rising by 1.5% since 1995. And…
21 Dec 2021
Everyone wants more leisure time – but is that possible?
Investment strategy

Everyone wants more leisure time – but is that possible?

One of the effects of the pandemic is that everyone wants to work less – whether from home or in the office. But is that possible over the long term?
26 Nov 2021
Equities are not a good inflation hedge
Economy

Equities are not a good inflation hedge

Institutional investors are definitely now worried about inflation. But they're not yet worried enough to flee to cash, says John Stepek
22 Oct 2021
Why fed-up workers are quitting their jobs
Economy

Why fed-up workers are quitting their jobs

Workers are leaving their jobs at an astonishing rate, especially in the US, leading to a shortage of workers. What will that mean for our economies? …
22 Oct 2021
Prepare for the rise of the “labour-lite” business
Global Economy

Prepare for the rise of the “labour-lite” business

Staff shortages are not going away any time soon – businesses that can do without a big workforce will thrive, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Sep 2021
Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?
UK Economy

Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?

It’s a tough job and pay has been squeezed for years. Brexit and the pandemic sent many workers home. Now we all face the consequences in the form of …
10 Sep 2021
Should investors be worried about stagflation?
US Economy

Should investors be worried about stagflation?

The latest US employment data has raised the ugly spectre of “stagflation” – weak growth and high inflation. John Stepek looks at what’s going on and …
6 Sep 2021
Wages are soaring and job vacancies are at record levels – is inflation next?
Inflation

Wages are soaring and job vacancies are at record levels – is inflation next?

Wages in the UK are rising fast as the economy rebounds from the Covid recession. Will that drive inflation? John Stepek looks at what’s driving wages…
17 Aug 2021
UK employment figures and wages up as recovery gains speed
UK Economy

UK employment figures and wages up as recovery gains speed

The number of British workers in employment is over half a million more than it was this time last year, with weekly earnings rising by around 7% year…
15 Jul 2021
The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages
UK Economy

The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages

The UK's businesses are suffering from a shortage of staff. If they want to fix that, they'll have to do the one thing they really hate: raise wages
10 Jun 2021