Economics

Bank of England: The view on the ground

Bank of England: The view on the ground

While economists (including me!) make a living reading the tea leaves in the steady drip of economic data, most of the information is a snapshot…

Jobs, but what kind?

The ever interesting ONS Monthly Economic Review was released yesterday, and alongside some detail on why productivity remains low (job creation in the low-productivity finance,…

US & UK labour market flexibility

The FT’s Robin Harding and Sarah O’Conner take a look at the US and UK labour markets in the FT today, noting that for the…

Budget 2014: Not the right type of growth

Budget 2014: Not the right type of growth

Yesterday’s Budget was always going to be an awkward mix between political positioning, policy ‘rabbits’ and economic finessing. Yet despite the good news on faster…

Budget 2014: Underwhelming exports

Despite the rhetoric on supporting exports and the Government’s objective of doubling exports, the OBR’s new forecasts provide a rather bleak outlook. According to the…

Budget 2014: Boost to Business Investment?

One of ADS’ key concerns heading in to yesterday’s Budget was that the Government couldn’t take the recovery in Business Investment for granted, and government…

Budget 2014: The good, the bad & the ugly

Budget 2014: The good, the bad & the ugly

So, a quick overview of the Budget implications from a helicopter view point: The good: Significant support for investment (increasing AIA to £500k through 2015);…

Shortage of Engineering Skills

A couple of weeks ago, an industry colleague challenged me, saying ‘Everyone bangs on about a skills shortage, but where’s the evidence?’ I said that…