The case of the vanishing secretary

Administrative jobs are in decline thanks to technology

King & McGaw of Newhaven.King & McGaw of Newhaven. Gyr King, founder
©Charlie Bibby

A poster boy for dogged resilience

Gyr King rebuilt his art prints business after a fire but advances in technology require constant vigilance

ActionAid campaigners Natasha Adams and Tom Barns are guides for 'Show me the Money - A Tax Treasure Hunt'. This is ActionAid's tax justice walking tour of Mayfair, running from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street.

On a tax avoidance tour of London

ActionAid’s guided walk leaves out the usual sights

FeeLancer Union's founder Sarah Horowitz in the Brooklyn's Quakers’ 19th Century meetinghouse in Brooklyn New York
©Pascal Perich

Workers of the gig economy, unite!

Champion of freelancers says a collective identity is key

Business Life page of the FT, Working Lives feature. Blackwells Chief Executive David Blackwell. Blackwells Bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford. 25.02.15. Photo by Mark Bassett
©Mark Bassett

Blackwell’s weathers storm in a bookshop

CEO would still recommend the trade to his children

©Lloyd Thatcher

Editors-for-hire on Wikipedia

The writers paid to make entries sparkle, dismaying amateurs

Stay-at-home dad Will Culp plays with two of his three children
©Stephen Haas

When stay-at-home fathers go back to work

Men feel disadvantaged after taking time off to care for their children

Hearing yourself in the machine

The odd world of the people who loaned their voices to Siri

...Deirdre Sanders who works as an agony aunt for The Sun newspaper. Photograph: Rosie Hallam
©Rosie Hallam

The joys of being a newspaper agony aunt

‘Dear Deidre’ and her staff respond to every fretful message

Vow of silence amid Twitter’s outrage

When tempted to be unkind I suppress the urge to express half-ideas

Night at the nursery that does not close

A childcare facility that offers care 24 hours a day for the children of shift workers

Haunted by the past, in digital form

Archivists make businesses from forgotten photos

LinkedIn seeks to embrace blue-collar workers

Careers network site expansion shows how jobseeking is changing

Rise of the armchair terrorist tracker

As jihadis exploit social media, bloggers are observing from afar

The lessons learnt by early high flyers

What is it like to achieve extraordinary success at a tender age?

Auctioneer laments a lost drama

From silver cleaner to managing director at Bonhams

A year in a word: Vlogging

The latest route to stardom for teenagers

The secret lives of elves

Moonlighting as Santa’s helper requires patience and perkiness

The man who mends careers and hearts

Coaching executives with problems in love and work

A hostage negotiator’s business tips

From mediating the release of captives to training executives


Emma Jacobs
Emma Jacobs' new column Working Lives takes a look at thriving and dying jobs amid the economic downturn. She also writes features and interviews across the paper, including for Weekend and UK news, but with a particular focus on Business Life, exploring business culture and entrepreneurship.

Jacobs has been at the Financial Times since 1999, working on UK news, companies, markets and

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