This is the first quarterly estimate from the ONS for GB construction output covering data post-referendum. In Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2016, output in the construction industry was estimated to have decreased by 1.1% compared with Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2016. Downward pressure on the quarterly estimates came from all repair and maintenance […]

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Median weekly earnings increase by 2.2%. The ONS’ 2016 provisional Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) shows that: In April 2016 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £539, up 2.2% from £527 in 2015. The 2.2% growth seen this year is the joint highest growth in earnings seen since the economic downturn in 2008 […]

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Work capability assessment overhaul for disabled   The scheme that assesses claimants of disability benefits faces a major overhaul, with ministers promising to extend a “revolution” of getting more people into work. A consultation on reforming the Work Capability Assessment will be announced on Monday. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said he wanted a “personalised” way […]

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Classroom Teachers’ Pay Agreement 2016/17   The Government has confirmed its decision to accept the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on pay for 2016-17 and has published the draft 2016 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). The STPCD now only prescribes pay ranges with minimum and maximum points. The DfE no […]

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National Minimum Wage The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. The rate depends on a worker’s age and if they are an apprentice.   The Government’s National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and […]

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Monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics plot the year on year growth in average weekly earnings.  These are useful for updating pay data and schedules.  The latest release for the whole economy (June 2016, 3 month average) shows that regular pay increased by 2.3% in the past year; similar to the annual increase in average total pay (including […]

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Average earnings in the UK construction industry have grown by 6.1% to £634 gross per week in the year ending March 2016 (all occupations). Skill shortages in some trades have been reported, particularly bricklayers, carpenters and plasterers (Construction News (CN) 17.6.16, 32-33). Average skilled labour prices increased to £174 per day in the UK (£190 […]

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