Mothers earning more than their partner still stop work post-childbirth

22 March 2021

Women are much more likely than men to give up paid work, or to cut their hours, after childbirth even when they earn more than their partner, according to research carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). In its report, The Careers and Time Use of Mothers and Fathers available at, the IFS investigated the hypothesis that heterosexual couples tend to prioritise men’s paid work, given that men already have slightly higher hourly wages than women before becoming parents.

More couriers demand to be classed as workers

19 March 2021

We recently reported that the Supreme Court had dismissed Uber’s appeal against previous rulings that its drivers should be classed as “workers” (see Supreme Court confirms that Uber drivers are workers and Uber in U-turn on workers’ rights).

Uber in U-turn on workers’ rights

18 March 2021

In February, we reported that Uber had lost its long court battle with regard to whether its drivers were self-employed agents, as it insisted, or workers, as a group of them had claimed (See Supreme Court confirms that Uber drivers are workers).

Clinically extremely vulnerable may return to work

18 March 2021

A letter from Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is being sent to clinically extremely vulnerable people to inform them of a change in guidance ( coming into effect on 1 April.

Wales lays down first steps out of lockdown

18 March 2021

As part of what he describes as a careful, cautious and phased approach to relaxing coronavirus restrictions, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that, from 13 March, people in Wales will be told to “stay local”, rather than to “stay at home”.

Changes to the Shortage Occupation List

16 March 2021

The Shortage Occupation List (SOL) shows which occupations, among those eligible for the skilled worker route, are facing a shortage of suitable labour and where it is sensible to fill those shortages with migrant workers.

Hybrid working to accelerate a shake-up in worker reward

11 March 2021

The shift towards hybrid working could signal a move away from traditional employee reward structures, including salary bands, the annual bonus and benefits, a report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicts.