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Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy

A defining year ahead for Prospect members

Predictions of political and economic variables keep a lot of people in employment. But when daily events are laden with the sensational or the extraordinary, news cycles become shorter and probably so too does our attention span. Choices and events that we may regard as significant are rapidly overtaken by...

Wilbury unconscious bias 2017 film launch

Breaking the bias barrier: beyond career stereotypes

Unions, employers, schools and other stakeholders can all help break the bias barrier. This was the message from a Prospect event in central London on Monday (15 January) to launch a film that broadens the horizons of primary school children.

4 challenges for BEIS now the reshuffle is over

Now that the reshuffle is over, focus can return to the challenges facing the country in 2018. This is an uncertain time for jobs, investment and business. A lot rests on Brexit and ensuring confidence in both the government’s handling of negotiations and any future trading relationships.  Stagnant wages, which...

Piggy bank for 2018

Will Britain get a pay rise in 2018?

Last year was a year of contradictions, at least as far as pay is concerned. On the one hand, there was a big rise in employment, with the number of people in work hitting the highest level on record. More people in work should, in theory, mean increased upward pressure...

Illustration of the importance of pension savings

Update on cashing in defined benefit pension benefits

A major trend in pensions in 2017 was for tens of thousands of members of defined benefit pension schemes to trade in their benefits for a large cash lump sum.