Labour Market Live

May 13, 2015 4:30 pm Published by

Unemployment is 1,827,000, down 11,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 35,000) and the unemployment rate is 5.5%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter. The number of claimant unemployed is 763,800, down 12,600 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,123,000, down 25,000 on the quarter, representing 15.4% of the youth population (down 0.3 percentage points). Youth unemployment (including students) is 735,000, down 5,000 on the quarter. There are 2.5 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 73.5% (up 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.3 percentage points in the... View Article

Up to 220,000 care workers paid less than minimum wage, figures show

May 4, 2015 11:11 pm Published by

Shadow social care minister Liz Kendall writes in the Guardian that care workers are subject to ‘one of Britain’s largest illegal wage scandals’ More than half the care providers investigated by HMRC are not paying staff the minimum wage, it has been revealed. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent More than half the care companies investigated by customs officials are paying their workers less than the minimum wage, according to figures unearthed by the shadow social care minister, Liz Kendall. In a joint Guardian article with Unison union’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, Kendall writes that care workers are the victims of one of Britain’s largest illegal wage scandals. Kendall and Prentis are speaking out after a freedom of... View Article