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The UK—Country Workforce Profile

by Matt Flynn

January 2010—Despite levels of productivity and GDP growth higher than most of Western Europe, and with 83% of it’s population economically active, the United Kingdom also has one of the highest levels of job vacancies.

Long periods of low unemployment until recently (7.8% as of August 2009), have translated into high labor and skills shortages for employers, according to the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College.

The UK has a higher rate of part-time work than most other EU member states:

  • 43% in the United Kingdom compared to the average of 27 European states (31%).
  • Despite equal pay laws, the gender pay gap in the UK (21%) remains one the highest in Europe. (EU 27 average is 15%).

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