Conspiracy against the public? occupational regulation in the UK economy

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Shackleton, Len
Institute of Economic Affairs
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1 December 2017
Current Controversies. No. 56
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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Around one in five UK employees requires a licence from government to practice their chosen occupation. This proportion has probably doubled in the last fifteen years.

A further fifth of workers are certified by government agencies, and such certification is often necessary for employment.

This report makes the case that deregulation, together with new technology that allows consumers to save money and do more for themselves online or with the help of para-professionals, could bring about a major productivity boost for the UK economy.

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