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"Seventy-five years on, however, the good work done by the Beveridge
Report is in grave danger of being entirely undone. The â??five giantsâ?? are
creeping back into the mainstream of our daily life. As they do, our
productivity crashes through the floor. Full-year figures for 2015 show
the UKâ??s productivity gap with other countries standing at its worst
since modern records began. What would Beveridge find if he were to
Want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness: are Beveridgeâ??s five
But shutyermouth, we are not tripping over diseased bodies lying in the
street. literacy rates are not falling. In fact sales of conventional
books are rising despite e-literature. General living standards are at an
all time high and thee are more people in work now than ever.
Be a good chap and don't exaggerate.
Productivity this year is down 0.1%. It's barely measurable
Yea... from a starting base of 20% to 30% below the rest of the world.
and controls in place to kill productivity.
socialist loafing off others.
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The employment market always is selective. When an employer decides to cut
his workforce, he does not get rid of his most vital, highly skilled,
loyal, reliable etc. workforce. He takes the opportunity to cull his crud.
IR35 socialist taxation system designed to prevent free movement of labour.
productivity to be had from anyone. Socialist dream fulfilled!!
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Similarly when he is recruiting he discriminates towards what he sees as
the best on offer. Unemployment has now been falling month on month for
months. We are perhaps reaching the point when all that is on offer is
essentially that same crud. They are therefore being recruited into the
workforce not so much out of desire as necessity. Good employees are
becoming increasingly difficult to find and are soon snapped up.
Given that this is the situation then it is inevitable that this crud is
now having a highly marginal effect on the productivity figures.
So what can a employer do to improve the quality of his work force? The
most obvious thing He can do is raise his pay rates so as to give himself
a competitive edge over other employers. However, as a business man he is
aware that he must keep an eye on his costs too and there is a limit to
how much he can afford to pay and this is set within the local employment
Anyway, since average wage rates are apparently not rising in line with
inflation, not many employers are 'upping' their pay rates.
The second way is through investment. Don't buy a floor weeper a broom,
buy him a sit upon rotary sweeper that will do the work of a half a dozen
or more floor sweepers. Don't give an office worker a typewriter. Connect
them to a computer network. Don't provide a fitter with a spanner. Give
him a power tool so that he can tighten nuts as fast as the job permits
and so on.
The advantage of investment is that once made the rate of its depreciation
comes nowhere near the cast of wage rates. The downside is that personnel
have to be capable of using all this equipment. This has implications of a
need for training. Taking personnel away from the productive process to
show them how to make the best use of the equipment they use. Flexibility
and experience become employee attributes also.
Whichever course of action our notional employer chooses, the problem of
productivity is addressed. Unless he does address it, he will make less
and less profit and eventually go out of business.
You will notice that BAe have come to the conclusion that the route to
preserving or improving their overall productivity is to rid themselves of
nearly 2000 of their work force. Of course, this is a hardship for those
concerned but it is not the raison d'Ãªtre of any company/business to
provides jobs which are incidental to any product.
The irony is that in one office employees will having their redundancy pay
assessed whilst in another, possibly in the same building, young men and
women will be waiting for interview to become apprentices etc. They will
be building the next generation of BAe products. BAe will not go out of