Labour market

The UK jobs market is booming – but wages are struggling to keep up with prices
Job vacancy in a restaurant window
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
Striking education workers
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
Delivery driver
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
Anti-capitalist demonstrators
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?
Woman in a hammock on a tropical beach
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
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
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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