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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on employment. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    10.11.2016Brexit: employment law
    This short note discusses the interaction between UK and EU employment law; the potential consequences of Brexit; and the Government's position on the issue.
    09.11.2016Defence employment (UK): Social Indicators page
    A summary of statistics on the strength of the armed forces
    08.11.2016Police numbers in England & Wales: Social Indicators page
    Police numbers in England & Wales: Social Indicators page
    04.11.2016Abolition of the ESA Work-Related Activity Component
    This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and details the changes to the Work Related Activity Component that will be introduced from April 2017. The paper also includes information on the mitigating support announced by the Government.
    02.11.2016Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities (England)
    This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the requirements on schools, colleges and universities in England to provide careers guidance, the quality of the advice provided, and also the organisations working to provide careers advice.
    27.10.2016The gender pay gap
    The gender pay gap refers to the difference between male and female hourly earnings. This note looks at the gender pay gap among different groups, including variation in the pay gap by age, region, occupation and industry sector.
    24.10.2016Public sector employment by parliamentary constituency
    This note analyses public sector employment by Parliamentary constituency.
    21.10.2016Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
    Employment: data on employment in the UK.
    21.10.2016Productivity in the UK
    The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent, looks at the impact of Brexit on productivity growth and outlines Government policy. International comparisons are also included.
    21.10.2016The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement
    A briefing paper on National Minimum Wage rates and enforcement; part of a wider series on the National Minimum Wage.

    Lords Library Notes

    22.04.2016Rural Economy: Key Statistics and Recent Developments
    This Lords Library briefing provides key statistics on the rural economy and a summary recent developments.
    16.12.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
    This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Immigration Bill.
    20.11.2015Trade Union Bill (HL Bill 74 of 2015-16)
    This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Trade Union Bill.
    12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
    This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards
    27.02.2015Women's Economic Empowerment
    This Library Note provides background reading for Members in advance of the debate to be held on 5 March 2015 on 'Women's Economic Empowerment both Nationally and Internationally'.
    28.11.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (HL Bill 57 of session 2014-15)
    This Library Note provides background reading ahead of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 2 December 2014.


    19.10.2015Trends in ICT
    This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.
    30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
    This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.
    15.07.2014Big Data and Business
    POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
    25.10.2012Mental Health and the Workplace
    This note summarises how the workplace affects mental health and vice versa.
    03.10.2011An Ageing Workforce
    This POSTnote examines the main challenges to the participation and productivity of older people in the workforce.
    01.06.1995UK Teleworking, June 1995
    Information and communications technologies are making the site of work less important, radically changing many working practices.

    Select Committee Reports

    25.01.2011The future of the Newport passport office.
    Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
    09.03.2010Green Jobs and Skills.
    Government response. Environmental Audit Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
    03.03.2010Management and Administration of Contracted Employment Programmes.
    Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House acknowledges the Coalition Government's commitment to raising the threshold at which people begin paying income tax to 10,000 per annum; expresses the strong belief ...
    That this House congratulates the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, Usdaw, in supporting union members who are former employees of Woolworths by pursuing a protective ...
    That this House recognises the need to retain skilled workers in the construction industry; notes with concern that several major employers in the construction industry are considering ...
    That this House welcomes the Capability Jane/Working Families report published in December 2011 entitled Job Sharing at a Senior Level: Making it Work; notes that the expectation of ...
    That this House congratulates staff working in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) contact centres on increasing the positive answering rate to 71 per cent. of calls to date in 2011-12; notes ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses