United Kingdom

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LABOUR MARKET

 

 

Labour market indicators

Unemployment rate in 2004: 4,7% (ILO data)


Working population:

Year

Total Population

Working population

Activity rate

2004  

59 405 000  
29 808 240  
50%  
Source : Worldbank


Employment by sector:

Year

Agriculture

Industry

Services

2004  

0.9%  
17.9%  
81.3%  
Sources: ILO, Eurostat, last available data

 

Employment contracts
Legal clauses regulate employment contracts and to a lesser degree collective agreements and individual negotiations.


Salaries

National monthly minimum wage as of 01/01/2003: 1,105 euros

Average wage for a employee in the manufacturing industry in 2003: 11.43 pounds by  hour (ILO data)


Social security contributions

Employer: 12.8%

Employee: 11%

 

Number of hours

Legal definition of full time work (per week): 48 hours

Retirement age: 60 for women and 65 for men.

 

Unions

Average rate of union membership:27.64 %.

Unions: The following confederations can be listed : TUC ( TRADE UNION CONGRESS), STUC ( THE SCOTTISH TRADE UNION CONGRESS) and Wales TUC.


Useful links

For further informations on the labour market, check out the following web sites:

- International Labour Organization (ILO): studies, statistics and reports on working conditions and labour markets

- NATLEX : ILO database on national labour laws

- Department for Work and Pensions


Last modified in January 2006
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