The 2019 summer was the 7th wettest on record but was also unusually warm given the amount of rain that fell. I have made a prediction that summer 2020 will not be a good one!
The UK experienced a warm and wet August this year. Rain intensity was the 4th highest on record which was similar to what was experienced in June & July thus making the 2019 summer the 2nd most stormy summer on record after 2007.
Q2 was a mixed picture for the UK economy. Quarterly GDP fell for the first time since whilst Economic Inactivity fell to record lows and Wage Inflation was the highest since the 2008 recession.
The UK set a new record for maximum temperature of 38.7 degrees in Cambridge on 29th July. Other than that, the UK weather was unremarkable for the month overall, other than being warmer than normal. This goes to show that whilst individual days can be remarkable, it is rare that this is sustained.
The Met Office began the month with forecasts of a really cold June and ended the month talking about heatwaves. This meant June ended up being unremarkable on average.
The 2019 spring was consistent with the step change in the autumnal climate that took place in the 1990s but was unremarkable otherwise
May 2019 set a new record though you might not have known as the month seemed unremarkable. In fact it was the most “average” May on record across all weather variables!
It’s taken 10 years but the UK is finally experiencing true wage growth that outpaces inflation. With employment and economic activity at record levels, the UK economy should be in good shape but the basic problem of low growth is still there. Our economy still needs to place itself on a stronger footing ahead of a rising probability of another recession in the near future.
April 2019 is the first uninteresting month of the 2019 meteorological year in the UK. Everybody got excited about the warmest Easter on record but the rest of the month couldn’t be bothered and so dragged the monthly averages down.
Welcome to my next case study where I look at the pay gap figures of Unilever Ltd. Unilever turn out to be a very interesting case study for analysing year on year changes in their published statistics. In this case I will be looking at the changes between 2017 and 2018 for the two Unilever business units that have submitted GPG data which are:-
Clicking on those links will take you to the government’s gender pay gap website where you can see their published figures. For this post, I will be using my own spreadsheet which you can download for yourselves here.