Today's figures show that pay growth in the UK continues to disappoint. In the three months to January 2017, real wages (which strip out the effects of inflation) are now growing at the slowest rate for two years. This underlines the importance of increasing productivity, which remains the only sustainable route to higher wages, and therefore increased living standards.
Having two Budgets in one year always has the potential of shaking-up the recruitment landscape considerably. There was much anticipation as Chancellor Philip Hammond stepped up to the despatch box with red-briefcase in hand to deliver his first spring budget.