Each month as part of our pay settlement analysis, IDS produces the median figure for basic pay awards across the economy. This headline figure provides a ‘typical’ increase for employees at the companies we monitor. As with all statistics, there is a complex reality hidden beneath the summary figures; there are often several components to an annual pay review which can make monitoring pay settlements more of an art than a science. More

2015 is an important year, not just because it’s a general election year but because it’s a year of notable anniversaries. These include the 70th anniversary of VE day, the 100th Anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli and the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta in 1215. While Magna Carta has, in the eyes of some, acquired an almost mythical status over the last eight centuries, does it have any practical impact today? And could it be used to argue against court and tribunal fees? More

Lenny Henry’s recent petition and e-mail campaign seeks a change in the law to boost the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers in the television industry. This comes five years after he delivered a speech to the Royal Television Society about BAME under-representation in the industry and made several recommendations for change, but little (if any) progress has been made during those five years. And TV’s not the only industry that remains woefully unrepresentative of society. The most recently published figures show that 30 per cent of the judiciary of England and Wales (both court and tribunal judges) are women, and 6.2 per cent are BAME. Yet the population of England and Wales is 50.8 per cent female and 14.1 per cent BAME (figures taken from the 2011 ONS Census). More

‘It will… have plenty of private, quiet spaces…. The roof of the building will be a park that blends into the community… More

If a recent news story is to be believed, one of the biggest threats to UK plc is the tide of vexatious litigants seeking to make a ‘fast buck’ by bringing unfounded claims in employment tribunals. The Daily Telegraph reports that Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, has welcomed figures from the Ministry of Justice revealing a 79 per cent drop in claims in the three-month period following the introduction of tribunal fees. In Mr Hancock’s view, the dramatic fall in cases demonstrates that unscrupulous workers were previously ‘squeezing the life and energy from Britain’s wealth creators’ with bogus discrimination claims. More

The latest analysis of pay settlements from IDS (£) shows that the median pay award is 2.5 per cent in the three months to the end of March. While the median settlement is unchanged on the previous three-month figure, it is significant because RPI inflation has fallen to the same level, 2.5 per cent, in the year to March. If inflation on this measure falls further, and pay awards remain steady, or even show a rise, then settlements will be ahead of the all-items RPI for the first time since inflation went into negative territory in 2009. More

Official statistics have shed new light on how pay has moved over the past five years. Earnings for those who have retained their jobs have grown by more than was previously understood. Those who have lost their jobs and found new ones appear to have done so on less pay and fewer hours below their previous employment. More

Oops, sorry – that should read ‘no maternity rights for intended mothers’. Because as the law currently stands, if you have a baby through a surrogate, you have no more right to take maternity leave or adoption leave than a baby has a right not to cry in the middle of the night, or fill its nappy, or demand to be fed. Which is a little tough, given that it’s you who’ll have to deal with those things while trying to hold down a job. (Spoiler alert: skip to the last paragraph to find out what happens next.) More

Zero-hours contracts are the logical conclusion of the Government’s policy of making the ‘labour market more flexible’ – a somewhat unnecessary policy, given that the United Kingdom already has the lowest levels of employment protection in Europe. The ever increasing number of workers estimated to be on zero-hours contracts has been decried as a move back to Victorian levels of exploitation, but what is the legal status of those working on zero-hours contracts and how should policy makers deal with the issue – if at all? More

Following the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review announcing there will be an end to progression payments in the civil service, some commentators were quick to back the move. Many in particular have pointed to Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) figures published by the Office for National Statistics suggesting that public sector earnings have ‘outstripped’ private sector wages. But how reliable is the claim that public sector wages have outstripped private sector wages? More

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