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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.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, October 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0070
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL] on 27 October 2017

Topics: Employment, Pay, Training

Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in September 2017 (England)
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7581
This House of Commons Library briefing paper is about the 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in England which is now available. The eligibility criteria, planning for its introduction in September 2017, funding, the ability and willingness of the childcare market to deliver the policy and early findings are considered.
Globalisation, Technology and Demographic Change and the Future of Work
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of globalisation, technology and demography and some of the ways in which they affect work and employment in the UK. It then summarises some relevant public policy proposals and suggests material for further reading.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Productivity in the UK
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent, looks at the impact of Brexit on productivity growth and outlines Government policy. International comparisons are also included.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, August 2017
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8086
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
Employment: data on employment in the UK.
Trade unions: blacklisting
Published Friday, September 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06819
This note sets out the background to the the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010, and discusses recent developments.
Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 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 2016 and explains how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.

Topic: Employment

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, July 2017
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8075
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Defence employment (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02621
An overview of the strength of the UK Armed Forces.
Employment tribunal fees
Published Friday, August 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07081
Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, and declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in July 2017.

Topics: Courts, Employment

Migrant population of the UK
Published Thursday, August 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8070
This briefing paper uses statistics on migrant stocks to examine trends in the EU and non-EU migrant population living in the UK since 2007. It also provides an overview of the characteristics of migrants living in the UK, including ethnicity, religion, age structure and employment. Both EU and non-EU migrant populations are divided into smaller country groupings according to common geographies.
Employment of other EU nationals in the UK
Published Thursday, August 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8069
This paper provides statistics on nationals of other EU countries who are working in the UK: how many are employed, what kind of work do they do and where do they live, and how numbers have changed over time.
Women in Public Life, the Professions and the Boardroom
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05170
How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom? This note sets out key trends and statistics, covering politics, public appointments, civil servants the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations.
Employment status
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8045
This briefing provides an overview of the concept of employment status and recent reviews of the law in this area.

Topic: Employment

Leaving the European Union: The Impact on Professional Sport
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0046
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the potential impact of leaving the European Union on professional sport.
Job centres and the Department for Work and Pensions estate
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0152
This Debate Pack briefing provides information in anticipation of the debate, entitled “Job centres and the Department for Work and Pensions estate”. This debate is sponsored by Chris Stephens MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 20 July at 1.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | 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.

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