Jobs and work

Fact checks related to the employment rate, unemployment, pensions and the gender pay gap

2 August 2022

Would Liz Truss’s plans for regional pay boards have saved £8.8 billion?

We look at the detail of the Conservative leadership candidate’s proposals for public sector pay, which she has now dropped after criticism.

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Would Liz Truss’s plans for regional pay boards have saved £8.8 billion?
22 June 2022

Average salary of workers involved in RMT national rail strike is not £44,000

Figures for the salary of rail workers mentioned by transport secretary Grant Shapps are not representative of those involved in the national rail strike.

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Average salary of workers involved in RMT national rail strike is not £44,000
15 June 2022

June’s pay figures: explained

Figures published by the ONS showing a 2.2% fall in earnings do not account for bonuses, although there are a number of different figures available.

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June’s pay figures: explained
20 May 2022

How many jobs has Crossrail created?

After Boris Johnson claimed at PMQs that 72,000 jobs have been delivered by Crossrail, we’ve looked at the numbers.

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How many jobs has Crossrail created?
17 May 2022

Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis is the latest cabinet minister to claim that employment is higher than before the pandemic, when it is not.

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Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures
21 April 2022

Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’

The claim that families are ‘£2,620 worse off’ does not account for any rises in wages or benefits, and is based on some cost estimates which are not reliable.

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Labour election leaflets and ads wrongly claiming families are ‘£2,620 worse off’
21 April 2022

Boris Johnson makes false employment claim for ninth time in Parliament

The PM claimed there are more people in work than there were before the pandemic. This figure only counts employees and not the self-employed. In total there are 600,000 fewer …

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Boris Johnson makes false employment claim for ninth time in Parliament
19 April 2022

Working pensioners will have to pay the health and social care levy from 2023

National Insurance is increasing, but so is the threshold for paying it, and how it affects working pensioners changes next year.

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Working pensioners will have to pay the health and social care levy from 2023
11 April 2022

Thérèse Coffey wrong to claim employment is up over the pandemic

Government ministers have repeatedly claimed employment is higher than pre-pandemic levels, when it is not.

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Thérèse Coffey wrong to claim employment is up over the pandemic
1 April 2022

2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context

The Trussell Trust did provide about 27 times more food parcels at the end of David Cameron’s time in office than it had at the beginning—but this doesn’t mean food …

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2,612% rise in food bank use under David Cameron needs context

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