Why isn’t new technology reflected in our productivity stats?
Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
Timekeeping laws still refer to the forgone days of punch cards and time clocks.
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If you think the hours you work are all converted directly into dollars, think again. There are a lot of ways employers can manipulate your time – some of which are legal, others highly questionable.
Treasurer Scott Morrison is also a fan of charts.
Economist Ross Guest unpacks some of the key numbers in the government's mid year budget update, with seven charts.
Job seekers wait for employers searching for casual labour on the streets of Cape Town.
South Africa's proposed national minimum wage must not be seen as a solution for all the country's economic problems but as a floor to protect the most vulnerable workers.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
The U.S. could do with a shot in the arm too.
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Although the Fed delayed raising rates this month, it has signaled it intends to wean the U.S. economy off its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Now the question is whether Congress will take the handoff.
Business Briefing: what to do about low incomes.
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Australia needs to increase productivity in different ways because at the moment living standards are low compared to past years.
Research shows that Roma and other EU migrants don't come to the UK for state benefits.
Want to know how your salary jar stacks up?
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Pay transparency laws are the latest effort to eliminate the still-yawning gap between the salaries of men and women. Do they work?
Wage growth is at its lowest since the measures began.
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Australia's wage growth has been sluggish, but the reasons are more complex than they seem.
Was Anthony Albanese right about truck driver pay and safety?
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Was Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, right to say that evidence shows better pay for truck drivers will improve safety?
Maybe not, if you work on Wall Street.
Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
Will government cuts to tax credits hit Britain’s poorest the hardest?
Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a 'national living wage' will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.
The Malcolm Turnbull-led government will have to combat a gloomy Australian economic forecast in this year’s election.
The Coalition government will retain power if it can convince both business and voters it understands Australia's economic challenges.
Was Josh Frydenberg right about job growth?
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Energy and resources minister Josh Frydenberg said recently that the latest employment figures show extremely strong job growth, the greatest Australia's had since 2006. Is that right?
Will your share of the income pie get bigger or smaller in 2016?
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Three of our regular writers offer their thoughts on the key economic issues and themes in the new year.
People finishing tertiary education can now expect to take 4.7 years on average to find full-time work.
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Young people's transition to work is prolonged and highly precarious. An entry-level job becomes a career, savings become subsistence, weekend shifts become lifelines. It doesn't have to be this way.
Mine workers walking outside a hostel in Rustenburg. A national minimum wage could help narrow the income gap.
International experiences indicate that South Africa could reduce income inequality by introducing a national minimun wage.
How can workers fight for higher wages in today’s economy?
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The chorus chanting 'America needs a raise!' will undoubtedly grow as Labor Day approaches. They're not wrong, but America needs more than that.
Workers are still feeling a little pinched.
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The July employment report suggests the recent trend of lackluster gains in jobs and wages is continuing, and a rate hike should therefore be off the table for the time being.