Unemployment may be at a 42-year low, but wages and employee benefits are still suffering.
Wages rather than employment opportunities seem set to dominate in the forthcoming general election as employment rose by 122,000 in the first quarter of 2017 and unemployment fell to 4.6%.
Minimum wage and employee benefits are already taking centre stage as key political parties seek to woo potential voters. However, many employees continue to be paid less than the national 'living' wage (currently £7.50 per hour for those over 25) and not afforded basic rights to time off, a pension and appropriate working hours.
With little being done to penalise rogue employers and fees still payable for employees to raise valid complaints in the employment tribunals, it's time for politicians to act on the laws already in place before they start promising further hypothetical reform.
Labour and the unions accused the government of ignoring the plight of ordinary workers after UK pay growth fell below inflation in early 2017 for the first time in two-and-a-half years.