Fact Service March 2017

Issue 12 (23/03/2017) - Inflation leaps to 3.2; More regulation of gig economy needed; Appalling risk of suicides in construction

; Fat cats - the great pay divide; Racist abuse after Brexit vote; Lack of diversity at top in Wales

Issue 11 (16/03/2017) - Swings and scooters of inflation basket; No real improvement in weekly earnings; Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage; Zero-hours contracts at record high; Unemployment falls below 1.6 million

Issue 10 (09/03/2017) - Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget
; Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data

; Company merger and acquisitions in 2016; Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high
; GMB take on DX delivery firm; Former chancellor's nice big earner; Charter to stop violence at work


Issue 9 (02/02/2017) - Trade Union Act regs come into force
; Gender pension gap leaves women short

; Violence at work - the nasty truth
; Bookseller's £7m salary

; Money purchase pension are norm; British Gas denied appeal in Lock case; Government fails in ethnicity review

Issue 12

Inflation leaps to 3.2%
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Retail price inflation has hit its highest level for three and a half year years.
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More regulation of gig economy needed
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Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents who work in the gig economy think the government should regulate it to guarantee them basic employment rights ...
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Appalling risk of suicides in construction
 (372 words)

The risk of suicide among low skilled male labourers, particularly those working on construction, was much higher than the male national average, a ...
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Fat cats — the great pay divide
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Chief executives of the UK’s top 100 companies now pocket an average of £5.3 million each year, or 386 times that of a worker earning the National ...
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Racist abuse after Brexit vote
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Over a third (34%) of black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit ...
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Lack of diversity at the top in Wales
 (318 words)

Wales remains a country where major decisions are being taken that are not reflective of our country’s diversity, a new report published by the ...
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Issue 11

Swings and scooters of inflation basket
 (241 words)

The child scooter is in and the children’s swing is out in, according to official sources.
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No real improvement in weekly earnings
 (665 words)

Workers living standards saw further cuts as earnings growth continued its fall, while retail inflation has been on the rise.
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Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage
 (240 words)

It may be lush as they say in the South West, as cosmetics group Lush is to pay all of its permanent employees in the UK, including retail and ...
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Zero-hours contracts at a record high
 (264 words)

The number of people employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job, during October to December 2016 was 905,000, or 2.8% of people in ...
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Unemployment falls below 1.6 million
 (615 words)

UK unemployment has continued on its downward trend, according to official figures.
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Issue 10

Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget
 (308 words)

Chancellor Philip Hammond made his first and last March Budget statement, as the main announcements now move to an autumn Budget.
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Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data
 (587 words)

An analysis of the gender pay gap by ethnicity, by the women’s campaigning group, the Fawcett Society, reveals inequalities over the past 25 years ...
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Company merger and acquisitions in 2016
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The number of merger and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK companies was down, but their value was up, according to the latest official figures.
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Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high
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The number of people on zero-hours contracts in the UK has hit a record high of 910,000 but there are signs the trend may have reached a peak, ...
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GMB takes on DX delivery firm
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The GMB general union is to take legal action is on behalf of members working as couriers for delivery company DX.
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Former chancellor's nice big earner
 (168 words)

Former chancellor George Osborne has been busy on the lucrative speaker’s tour since being sacked as chancellor. And he’s picked up a nice big ...
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Charter to stop violence at work
 (134 words)

A “Violence at Work Charter”, which would see employers commit themselves to “a series of interventions” to reduce the number of violent ...
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Issue 9

Trade Union Act regs come into force
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Regulations covering the provisions in the vindictive 2016 Trade Union Act have now come into force.
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Gender pension gap leaves women short
 (253 words)

There is a gap between the amount that men and women receive in employer pensions contributions, which if left unaddressed could result in a ...
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Violence at work — the nasty truth
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There were an estimated 698,000 incidents of work-related violence in 2015-16, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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Bookseller’s £7m salary
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Waterstones, the UK’s leading bookshop chain, has been in the headlines, and on the defensive, after going incognito at some of its newer ...
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Money purchase pensions are norm
 (387 words)

Defined contribution pensions, also known as money purchase schemes, are now the norm for Britain’s biggest companies, new research from financial ...
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British Gas denied appeal in Lock case
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The Supreme Court — the final court of appeal in civil cases — has refused British Gas the right to appeal in the long, drawn out Lock holiday ...
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Government fails on ethnicity review
 (345 words)

An independent review has set out recommendations for employers in the public and private sectors to improve diversity within their organisations.
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