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In the recession, the UK unemployment rate increased by 3 percentage points, but since 2012 – in common with the United States but in contrast with the Euro area – it has fallen back to near pre-crisis levels. The employment rate is now higher than the pre-recession level at around 73%, although this is exceeded by Germany among the G7 countries.
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The ability to measure innovation is essential to an improvement strategy in education. This country note analyses how the practices are changing within classrooms and educational organisations and how teachers develop and use their pedagogical resources.
The UK labour market weathered the recent recession moderately well. After a relatively limited fall, total employment recovered and it recently reached 30 million for the first time, even if a number of the new jobs created are low productivity and low paid.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2014, June 2014 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
Closer collaboration between local employment, training, and economic development agencies to develop the right skills in jobseekers is crucial to support export-oriented growth in Northern Ireland, according to a new OECD report.
The average worker in the United Kingdom faced a tax burden on labour income (tax wedge) of 31.5% in 2013 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%. The United Kingdom was ranked 24 of the 34 OECD member countries in this respect.
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The report Improving Schools in Wales: An OECD Perspective proposes a comprehensive strategy for Wales to support equity and quality in its school system building on a comparative perspective. It draws upon lessons from PISA, high performers and successful reformers in education, and on the research and analysis of key aspects of education policy in Wales undertaken by the OECD-Wales Review Team.
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Note summarising England's results in the PISA 2012 problem solving assessment.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in London on 13 March to deliver a keynote speech at the Mexico Week 2014 organised by the London School of Economics. While in London, the Secretary-General held meetings with Mr. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General and Mr. David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.
In light of the UK floods, this 3-minute Q&A with OECD Environmental Economist Kathleen Dominique discusses how governments should be preparing for climate change-related weather events.