The costs of casual work are now outweighing the slim benefits in wages (and even those are not as much as they used to be).
The sentiment of business leaders has remained positive and improved over the past 12 months according to our analysis.
Nearly one in five employed Americans is bound by a contract restricting moves to rival companies. Here’s one way to make those arrangements less common.
Census data shows there is income inequality between, but also within, regions of Australia.
A deep dive into public sector earnings data since 2005 and how it compares to private sector pay.
The experience of Australia’s first century shows that it’s possible to achieve fast growth, and at the same time, a reduction in inequality.
Building negotiating power is crucial for anyone looking to ask for a pay rise. But for those who can’t, perhaps it’s the employers’ responsibility to ensure fair compensation.
For a whole lot of workers in Australia, cutting a better pay deal is very hard.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says Australia will “grow into growth”. Global economic conditions suggest otherwise.
Crucially, they differ in how they are calculated and the ages of workers that they apply to.
The budget was extraordinary in many ways. It is an abandonment of restraint on taxes by a liberal government. It is nakedly populist and it also acknowledges that government debt can be productive.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claims they do. Two academics assessed the facts.
Wealth inequality is no 21st-century phenomenon. But it was decisively shaped by public policy during the last 100 years as economies emerged from war and redesigned the structures for life.
There are economic arguments to be had for ensuring an appropriate rate of growth of real wages.
Economic arguments against immigration often rest on simplistic arguments of supply and demand. The data show immigration has a negligible effect on wages, employment or hours worked.
The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.
Trump’s plans to build a wall with Mexico and deport millions of people in the US illegally cast immigrants as an economic threat to Americans. The evidence suggests otherwise.
The federal government is still trying to convince senate crossbenchers to pass a company tax cut but tax experts and economists dispute all of its supposed benefits.
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.
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.