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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, June 2018
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8366
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The UK employment rate was at a record high of 75.7% in March-May 2018, the inactivity rate was at a joint record low of 21.0% and the unemployment rate was at its joint lowest level since 1975 at 4.2%. Average weekly pay grew slightly faster than prices, both including and excluding bonuses.
Employment tribunals after R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor
Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8296
This briefing discusses some of the consequences, for employment tribunals, of the Supreme Court's decision in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor

Topic: Employment

Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
People with disabilities in employment
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7540
This note summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.
Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0072
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill in the House of Lords on 29 June 2018.

Topics: Employment, Pay

National Minimum Wage - sleep in care
Published Thursday, June 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8243
This briefing summarises recent developments relating to payment of the national minimum wage for sleep-in care duties

Topic: Employment

Unfair dismissal: qualifying service rule
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8347
This note summarises the qualifying period of employment needed to acquire the right not to be unfairly dismissed.

Topic: Employment

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, May 2018
Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8334
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
World Day Against Child Labour: 12 June 2018
Published Monday, June 11, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0063
This briefing marks World Day Against Child Labour, which take place every year on 12 June, to focus attention on the global extent of child labour, and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. It sets out the background to 2018 campaign, the International Labour organisation’s definition of child labour and statistics on the global prevalence of child labour. It also discusses the UK’s response to child labour and touches upon the UK’s domestic law and rules on employment undertaken by children.
Recent trends in employment growth
Published Monday, June 4, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0132
A Westminster Hall debate on recent trends in employment growth is scheduled for Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Michael Tomlinson MP.
Workers underpaid the minimum wage
Published Friday, June 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8235
The minimum wage is one of the fundamental employment rights in the UK. But the minimum wage doesn’t enforce itself. This briefing looks at what is known about workers paid less than the minimum wage.

Topics: Employment, Pay

Zero-hours contracts
Published Thursday, May 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06553
This note discusses zero-hours contracts; a type of contract used by employers whereby workers agree to be potentially available for work although have no guaranteed hours.

Topic: Employment

Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07056
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses data on employment in the UK by country of birth and nationality. The briefing compares data from 1997 to 2018 and explains how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.

Topic: Employment

International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0122
A debate on the ‘International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia’ has been scheduled for Thursday 17 May 2018 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Peter Kyle MP and Angela Eagle MP.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, April 2018
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8307
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The UK employment rate climbed to a new record high of 75.6% in January-March 2018, the inactivity rate fell to a new record low of 21.0% and the unemployment rate was at its lowest level since 1975. Average weekly pay excluding bonuses grew slightly faster than prices for the first time in over a year, although there was slower growth in average pay including bonuses.
Recent trends in employment growth
Published Friday, May 4, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0114
A Westminster Hall debate on recent trends in employment growth is scheduled for Tuesday 8th May 2018 at 11.30am. The Member leading the debate is Michael Tomlinson MP.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
Check-off
Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7982
This briefing explains check-off - a system for deducting trade union subscriptions through payroll - and the related policies of successive governments.

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