Jobs and work

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

25 November 2022

Steve Barclay’s figure for new nurses’ pay includes extra earnings

The health secretary said that a new nurse will typically earn over £31,000 a year on current pay. This is an estimate that includes extra earnings such as overtime. Basic …

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Steve Barclay’s figure for new nurses’ pay includes extra earnings
25 November 2022

How much of the rise in ‘economic inactivity’ is due to long Covid?

A BBC news bulletin claimed a recent rise in the number of people who are neither working nor looking for work is “largely because of long Covid”. But there are …

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How much of the rise in ‘economic inactivity’ is due to long Covid?
14 September 2022

The government hasn’t proposed banning unions

Digitally manipulated images designed to look like the government website have been shared hundreds of times online.

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The government hasn’t proposed banning unions
19 August 2022

Real wages fall sharply—but not by ‘record’ amount when using best measure

When you look at people’s total pay—including bonuses—the most recent fall in real wages is not a record, although it is very large.

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Real wages fall sharply—but not by ‘record’ amount when using best measure
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’

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