The gender pay gap is +8.6 per cent for full-time employees but -4.4 per cent for part-timers. So one might expect the average for all workers to be somewhere between those figures, but actually it is higher than either, at +17.9 per cent. What’s the reason for that? And how is this puzzle linked with the work of one of the Bletchley Park codebreakers? Jonathan Athow explains.Read more on Decoding the gender pay gap: how a Bletchley Park codebreaker helped explain a strange paradox
Investing in research and development (R&D) is one of the key ways that businesses can improve their competitiveness and increase their productivity, an important driver of growth. Here, Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics Jonathan Athow looks at the importance of R&D and how the ONS goes about capturing it in its figures, which it publishes in its Gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) release.Read more on Everybody’s heard about the GERD – measuring measures R&D spending at ONS
For months now, UK employment has been sitting at or near record highs. Naturally there has been speculation about what is driving the increase, and whether it is mainly because of people on ‘zero hours contracts.’ Jonathan Athow delves into the figures to show how we measure this important figure and what being ‘unemployed’ actually means for official statistics.Read more on Working 9 to 5? – How we count unemployment and what the numbers show
Recently GDP has come under some close scrutiny for failing to capture unpaid work and the impact of economic growth on the environment. Jonathan Athow looks at GDP’s strengths as well as some other measures and statistics that can be used to understand wider measures of well-being.Read more on GDP: a worthwhile, but incomplete, measure
Media reports have suggested that half a trillion pounds of UK-held foreign assets have gone ‘missing’, leaving the country ‘poorer’ as a result. But how fair is this interpretation of the latest data? Jonathan Athow explains the true position.Read more on Has £500 billion really gone missing?