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.
Now that Article 50 has been triggered we know that Britain will have left the EU by the end of April 2019. Of course, many uncertainties still exist about what that will actually look and feel like in reality. Politicians have argued incessantly over the past year about 'hard Brexit', 'soft Brexit' - even an 'open Brexit'. Theresa May's failure to secure the expected landslide majority in the general election has cast more doubt over what direction of travel the government's approach might take as we enter exit negotiations.
Research conducted by Gallup suggests that only around half of the overall workforce in the UK has a strong understanding of what it is they need to do in their workplace to really succeed. If hiring managers themselves do not have a full grasp of how new recruits to an organisation should grow, it makes successful hiring all the more difficult.