Economy 31 October 2012 The Commission on Living Standards report in 9 graphs Visual aids. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Wages have stagnated Even as productivity grew Inflation also eats away far more at the incomes of those who struggle to buy essentials Non-wage sources of household income have failed to offset that stagnation We need to improve female employment rates Which means addressing childcare costs to make work pay for second earners We need to increase the skills of the lowest paid And increase their pay If we do all that, life will get better for everyone in the nation Read the full report here. › In the Frame: And finally... Protestors on Piccadilly, London, demand a living wage. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!