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The digital revolution, globalisation and demographic changes are transforming labour markets at a time when policy makers are also struggling with slow productivity and wage growth and high levels of income inequality. The new OECD Jobs Strategy provides a comprehensive framework and policy recommendations to help countries address these challenges.
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Resistance proportions for eight antibiotic-bacterium pairs in the United Kingdom (UK) have decreased in recent years, from 13.5% in 2005 to 9% in 2015, and could go up again to 11% by 2030, should current trends in antibiotic consumption, population and economic growth continue into the future. Resistance proportions in the UK were lower than the OECD average in 2015 (17%).
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The UK headline employment indicators compare well with OECD averages. In the first quarter of 2018, the UK employment rate of those aged between 15 and 74 years was 66.7%, the highest UK level on record and about 5 percentage points above the OECD average
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A broken social elevator? Key findings for United Kingdom
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The United Kingdom had the 26th lowest tax wedge among the 35 OECD member countries in 2017. The country had the 27th lowest position in 2016. The average single worker in the United Kingdom faced a tax wedge of 30.9% in 2017 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%.
England has committed itself to a very ambitious programme to develop apprenticeships, but still faces many challenges to effectively implement current reforms and develop a world-class apprenticeship system, according to a new OECD report.