From factory worker to jewellery maker

Einar Parker sells bespoke designs to Vietnam and US

Productivity data worries for UK economy

Numbers show struggle to raise efficiency since financial crisis

UK becomes nation of second-job grafters

Falling real incomes explain wave of industriousness

Osborne warns against post-poll spending

Failure to back austerity would ruin recovery, says chancellor

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Taxman faces 3m flood of last-minute filings

HMRC ill-equipped to deal with deadline, say accountants

Give middle classes fair share of pie

Those who work in real economy should be rewarded with higher earnings, writes Izabella Kaminska

Unexpected rise in UK retail sales

December figures point to fastest quarterly growth for 12 years

Middle earners ‘unscathed’ by austerity

Poor and wealthy are biggest losers, says think-tank report

UK car production climbs for fifth year

Late rally maintains impressive success run in tough conditions

Sharp monthly rise in UK budget deficit

December increase linked to EU contributions

UK wages grow at fastest rate in 2 years

Unemployment falls to 6 year low of 5.8%

BoE stepped back from interest rate rise

MPC’s two dissenters abandon argument for increase

UK labour rules must stay light and easy

Gumming up the jobs market is no answer to low-skilled work

Britons to spend more on wine than French

UK on course to overtake France as second-largest still wine market by value behind the US

UK coastal towns strive for reinvention

Seaside resorts struggle to recover after years of decline

IMF cuts forecasts for global growth

Cheap oil not enough to dispel gloom over economic prospects

Equity release loans reach record £1.4bn

Figure surpasses pre-recession peak

IoD attacks ‘scandal’ of late payments

Lobby group warns that issue undermines UK economic recovery

PM accused of ‘empty promises’ on jobs

Cameron pledges ‘full employment’ if Tories win election

UK shows shift to low-skilled jobs

Economy produced fewer high-skilled roles than in rest of Europe

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