UK workers much less productive than others in the G7

UK workers much less productive than others in the G7 ONS statistics shows that UK workers produce much less for every hour they work than the G7 average.
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Middled-aged people will have to work until 70 to save a retirement pot

Research by pensions firm shows less than half of workers over 30 are saving enough to guarantee a comfortable incomeWorkers in their 40s and 50s are trapped in a “perfect storm” of economic downturn and property debt that could force them to delay retirement until their 70s, it was claimed on Monday, as research showed […]
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How would you measure happiness? | Open thread

Australia leads the industrialised world in the happiness stakes, says the OECD. Tell us what would make you happierThe OECD has found Australia to be the happiest industrialised nation for the third year in a row. Sweden is No 2, with the UK trailing in 10th. Factors that influenced the OECD outcome included education, housing, work-life […]
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In praise of … politicians’ holidays

We live in a society in which almost everyone in work has a statutory entitlement to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year. Give the chap a breakModern politics takes place under siege from the media. Few subjects illustrate this better than the difficulty that senior politicians encounter when they take a family holiday. We live […]
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Letters: Contributions to the welfare debate

The discussion of welfare by Ian Mulheirn (Comment, 27 May) and generally conflates two different payments. The first is illustrated by my state pension, which is based on 36 years of contributions (not on the 40 years I could have accumulated, had I not missed four years of national insurance payments). This and work pensions […]
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Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running

UK comes 10th in OECD index, behind US and Scandinavian countries but ahead of France and GermanyAustralia is the best place in the world to live and work, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.The UK, by contrast, comes 10th in the OECD’s Better Life Index, behind the US, Canada and the Scandinavian […]
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