This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on employment. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

26.05.2016Productivity in the UK
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent and outlines the Government's productivity plan. International comparisons are also included.
19.05.2016Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses data on employment in the UK by country of birth and nationality. The briefing compares data from 1997 to 2016 and helps understand how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.
18.05.2016Unemployment by Constituency, May 2016
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
18.05.2016Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Employment: data on employment in the UK.
18.05.2016Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
13.05.2016Employment tribunal fees
Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013. This note summarises developments since.
12.05.2016Employment rights and insolvency
This briefing describes the options available to employees when owed money by an insolvent employer or one who refuses to pay statutory redundancy pay.
05.05.2016Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare (England)
An extra 15 hours of free childcare will be available across England from September 2017 for eligible 3 and 4 year olds who live in households where either a single parent or both parents work, or otherwise meet the criteria. This paper sets out the details of the policy, and highlights issues regarding its delivery by childcare providers.
04.05.2016Immigration Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments and ping-pong stages
The Immigration Bill 2015-16 is currently in ping-pong stage. This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the latest developments with the Bill.
26.04.2016Trade Union Bill: Lords Amendments
Many of the Trade Union Bill's clauses were amended during its passage through the Lords. This short paper summarises those amendments.

Lords Library Notes

22.04.2016Rural Economy: Key Statistics and Recent Developments
This Lords Library briefing provides key statistics on the rural economy and a summary recent developments.
16.12.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Immigration Bill.
20.11.2015Trade Union Bill (HL Bill 74 of 2015-16)
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Trade Union Bill.
12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards
27.02.2015Women's Economic Empowerment
This Library Note provides background reading for Members in advance of the debate to be held on 5 March 2015 on 'Women's Economic Empowerment both Nationally and Internationally'.
28.11.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (HL Bill 57 of session 2014-15)
This Library Note provides background reading ahead of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 2 December 2014.


19.10.2015Trends in ICT
This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.
30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.
15.07.2014Big Data and Business
POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
25.10.2012Mental Health and the Workplace
This note summarises how the workplace affects mental health and vice versa.
03.10.2011An Ageing Workforce
This POSTnote examines the main challenges to the participation and productivity of older people in the workforce.
01.06.1995UK Teleworking, June 1995
Information and communications technologies are making the site of work less important, radically changing many working practices.

Select Committee Reports

25.01.2011The future of the Newport passport office.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
09.03.2010Green Jobs and Skills.
Government response. Environmental Audit Select Committee; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report [Commons]
03.03.2010Management and Administration of Contracted Employment Programmes.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House acknowledges the Coalition Government's commitment to raising the threshold at which people begin paying income tax to 10,000 per annum; expresses the strong belief ...
That this House congratulates the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, Usdaw, in supporting union members who are former employees of Woolworths by pursuing a protective ...
That this House recognises the need to retain skilled workers in the construction industry; notes with concern that several major employers in the construction industry are considering ...
That this House welcomes the Capability Jane/Working Families report published in December 2011 entitled Job Sharing at a Senior Level: Making it Work; notes that the expectation of ...
That this House congratulates staff working in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) contact centres on increasing the positive answering rate to 71 per cent. of calls to date in 2011-12; notes ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses