Emma Revell writes for the Spectator

It is "faintly ridiculous" to expect the Women's World Cup to have the same prize pot at the men's competition, argues Emma Revell, Communications Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for The Spectator, Emma notes that prize money comes from the revenue raised by the competitions - through ticket sales, sponsorship, and advertising ... Continue reading
Labour Market
It looks as though we will have ethnic pay monitoring before long. It is likely that the requirement will, as with gender pay gap monitoring, fall on all organisations with 250 or more employees. My rough estimate from published government data on workforce ethnicity is that a business employing 250 people which was absolutely typical ... Continue reading
People can get a very misleading picture from statistics which are not properly understood. Take this, from The Telegraph: “Around 357,000 jobs were added to the economy in the 12 months to April but the jobs boom has largely been driven by the 50-64 age group and even the over-65s. Of those jobs, 304,000 were ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for The Spectator

ITV's decision to ban all-male writing teams is "virtue-signalling" which will do nothing to improve the treatment of women on writing roles and women's' representation in comedy, argues Kate Andrews, IEA Associate Director. Writing for The Spectator, Kate argues that while ITV is free to do as it pleases in its writing rooms - the ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton responds to government comments on executive pay

As the government responded to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee's report on executive and high pay, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: "The Government has sensibly resisted pressure from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee to make further interventions in the determination of executive ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews appears on BBC Two's Newsnight

Kate Andrews, Associate-Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, appeared on BBC Two's Newsnight to discuss the closure of Ford's engine plant in Bridgend. Kate notes that uncertainty around Brexit is certainly a "contributing factor" but that we need to be honest with the workers at the plant that many other issues come into play. ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in The Daily Telegraph

We cannot assume sharp increases in the minimum wage will not effect the jobs market says Prof Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial Fellow, in The Daily Telegraph. His comments come in response to news that the number of people in low pay has fallen to its lowest since 1980, which many see as down to recent ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quotes in The Times

Len Shackleton, Editorial Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted in The Times arguing that although successive increases in the minimum wages had not had a noticeable effect on employment, “it cannot be assumed that further sharp increases won’t affect jobs”. Len was responding to figures, released today, which show the proportion of ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton responds to Resolution Foundation report

Responding to calls from the Resolution Foundation to raise the minimum wage in order to eliminate low pay, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: "It's not surprising that the number of low-paid workers has fallen, given the substantial increases in minimum wage rates, and in particular the National ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton responds to Public Accounts Committee report

Commenting on a Public Accounts Committee report, which finds that apprenticeship reforms are failing to deliver, the IEA’s Editorial and Research Fellow Prof Len Shackleton said: “The failure of the government’s policy on apprenticeships, like so many other schemes in the past, is no surprise; it was widely predicted. The levy has turned out to ... Continue reading