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The latest analysis of pay settlements from shows that the majority of employers across all sectors are contining to award pay increases of between 2 and 3 per cent. However, the proportion of organisations freezing pay has dropped to 9 per cent, the lowest figure since the end of 2008.  Will these trends continue in 2011? More

Clarence House announced that William and Kate are to be married on 29 April 2011. In response, the Prime Minister David Cameron said this ‘happy and momentous occasion’ would be marked by a public holiday to ‘ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day.’  Marvellous stuff.  But, without wishing to dampen the national spirit of enthusiasm, will ‘most people’ actually be able to take the day off to participate in the mass waves of bonhomie? More

Research from IDS HR Studies suggests that even in the current economic climate, employers are still seeking to reward staff for their growing experience and capability. While almost two-fifths of respondents to our recent survey on pay progression decided not to make across-the-board, cost-of-living awards, the majority (87 per cent) have continued to pay progression increases. More

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has stated that the Government will not implement the socio-economic duty in S.1 of the Equality Act 2010. The provision, labelled by some as ‘socialism in one clause’, would have required a public body to have ‘due regard’ to reducing socio-economic inequalities when exercising its functions. It is not surprising that the coalition ditched this controversial duty, but what does the future hold for other unimplemented Equality Act provisions? More

The latest figures on the labour market from the ONS (17 November 2010) show continued growth in employment and a modest turn down in both the unemployment numbers and the claimant count. But while male unemployment fell, the number of unemployed women increased to reach 1.02 million, the highest figure since 1988. More

There are signs of stronger earnings growth in parts of the private sector. In finance and business services, average weekly earnings hit 4.6 per cent in September on the single month annual measure with a slightly lower rate of 3.8 per cent on the three month average figure for September. In manufacturing, the earnings growth rate hit 4.2 per cent in the year to September. These two sectors make up 29 per cent of employment in the economy. More

An employer who operates a discriminatory policy or practice can avoid a finding of unlawful discrimination if he can ‘objectively justify’ it – i.e. provide a good reason for it that outweighs its discriminatory effect. Justification is a tricky issue for employers to get right, since each case must be judged on its own merits, but there a couple of reliable rules of thumb. One is that it will never be a valid justification to say, simply, ‘it was cheaper to discriminate’. However, the EAT’s recent judgment in Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust has put that rule in doubt. More

RPI inflation was 4.5 per cent in October 2010, down very slightly from a rate of 4.6 per cent in September. Meanwhile the less accurate measure of inflation, the CPI, which excludes housing costs, rose to 3.2 per cent from a rate of 3.1 per cent in September. More

First it was the bankers, now it is the FTSE chief executives. From the shop floor to the boardroom, everyone has an opinion on the size of the pay packets of the country’s top earners. It is no surprise that findings such as IDS’ own analysis of directors’ pay in the FTSE 350 generated so much discussion a couple of weeks ago. More

The Bank of England says that inflation will remain high in 2011, with CPI inflation expected to remain above the 2 per cent target set for the Bank to follow. More

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