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  1. July 10, 2014

    More people self-employed for long term, ONS finds

    Nearly half the UK’s growing number of self-employed people have been working for themselves for a decade or more, according...

  2. June 4, 2014

    Number of home workers in the UK rises to 4.2m

    The UK has 4.2m people working from home, or a record 13.9 per cent of those in work – and more are in highly skilled roles...

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  1. April 30, 2014

    ONS survey reveals scale of zero-hours contracts

    Unions and politicians have called for action to curb employment on a “zero-hours” basis after official data showed that UK...

  2. February 18, 2014

    Underemployment and pay in focus before UK jobs data on Wednesday

    The darker side of Britain’s labour market performance – underemployment and a squeeze on real wages – will be under...

  3. January 30, 2014

    Skills shortage threatens to curb recovery, warns watchdog

    A sharp rise in skills shortages threatens to hold back the pace of recovery in parts of the economy, according to the...

  4. December 27, 2013

    UK workers face ‘year of slim pickings’

    British workers face a “year of slim pickings” despite falling unemployment and a likely end to the five-year squeeze on...

  5. December 5, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: NIC changes for under-21s criticised

    Labour market analysts warned that George Osborne’s plan to remove employers’ national insurance contributions for under-21s...

  6. November 18, 2013

    London needs higher minimum wage, says report

    London should have a higher minimum wage than the rest of the country, according to research that suggests raising the...

  7. September 15, 2013

    Skilled tradesmen in decline amid rise of the managers

    Britain’s ranks of managers have risen to more than 3m and are on the brink of overtaking the number of skilled tradesmen...

  8. June 10, 2013

    Economist’s report claims women fared better in downturn

    Women have generally fared better than men in the jobs market in the five years since the start of the downturn, with older...

  9. March 22, 2013

    Public sector share of jobs to plunge

    The public sector’s share of the workforce is set to fall by 2018 to its lowest level since the welfare state began in the...

  10. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Experts decry flagship business measure

    Labour market experts warned that George Osborne’s flagship measure for business, an employment allowance to reduce...

  11. February 20, 2013

    Employers less likely to shed workers

    Employers are less likely to make staff redundant than in the past, a factor that helps explain Britain’s “productivity...

  12. February 10, 2013

    Private sector helps spur UK jobs growth

    Private sector job creation is helping to spur a labour market recovery in some of the regions of northern England and the...

  13. January 23, 2013

    Embattled British workers still smiling

    Wages have been frozen or cut and workloads increased, but British workers are still smiling or, at least, counting their...

  14. January 15, 2013

    ‘Zombies’ seen to hold back economy

    Far from fretting about HMV’s demise, some economists believe that too few companies are going bust in Britain. They argue...

  15. December 28, 2012

    Slower jobs market forecast for 2013

    Fewer jobs are likely to be created over the coming year despite economic growth being expected to pick up, labour market...

  16. December 11, 2012

    More people at work in England and Wales

    Analysis of the 2011 Census data shows that far more people were at work last year in England and Wales than official data...

  17. December 10, 2012

    UK recruitment rate shows strength

    Hiring increased in November at its fastest rate for more than 18 months, recruitment companies have said – suggesting that...

  18. November 28, 2012

    One in 10 workers now underemployed

    One in 10 workers are now underemployed, an increase of almost half since the economic downturn began in 2008, a study by...

  19. November 14, 2012

    Youth unemployment falls

    Job creation schemes such as the Youth Contract seem to be helping to push down unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds. Youth...

  20. November 11, 2012

    Employment set to continue growing

    Employment is likely to carry on growing for the rest of this year, though much of it will continue to be part-time or...

  21. September 19, 2012

    UK bonuses rise as bankers’ payouts fall

    Bonuses for bankers and others in the financial sector fell almost a tenth last year even as those for the rest of the...

  22. April 18, 2012

    ‘Madonna generation’ in vogue at work

    A “Madonna generation” of women aged over 50 has fared better in the labour market than other groups since the start of the...

  23. February 13, 2012

    Staff still favour security over flexibility

    A working life spent at one company may be a thing of the past, but employers should keep in contact with ex-employees in...

  24. January 17, 2012

    Surge seen in self-employment

    A surge in self-employment is the result of people doing part-time odd jobs to avoid unemployment rather than a genuine...

  25. January 3, 2012

    Support for austerity holds – but with conditions

    Britain’s bold decision to volunteer for a tough period of austerity still has the approval of most economists polled by the...

  26. December 27, 2011

    Warning on UK jobs market

    The jobs market faces its toughest year for 20 years, with unemployment in a near-stagnant economy likely to rise to 2.85m...

  27. December 14, 2011

    UK unemployment hits 17-year high

    The number of unemployed people in Britain has climbed by 128,000 to a 17-year high, or 8.3 per cent of the workforce, the...

  28. December 13, 2011

    Women fare better than men in jobs market

    Women are doing better than men in the jobs market despite fears that they would be hit more heavily by public sector...

  29. December 8, 2011

    Business warned over lack of workplace trust

    Britain is suffering from a “dysfunctional workplace culture” that is holding back productivity compared with other...

  30. November 19, 2011

    Why incentives won’t help youth unemployment

    From Mr John Philpott. Sir, Government ministers under pressure to curb youth unemployment (report, November 17) may be...

  31. November 16, 2011

    Deeper problems lie behind jobless youth

    Youth unemployment is a problem which, while not as severe as the headline rate implies, encompasses some intractable...

  32. October 10, 2011

    Call for temporary halt to UK public sector jobs cull

    Ministers are being urged to call a temporary halt to public sector job cuts amid fears that the number of people unemployed...

  33. July 20, 2011

    Low-skilled workers hit hardest by recession

    The recession and its aftermath have widened England’s north-south divide and hit low-skilled workers hardest, says an...

  34. July 13, 2011

    Jobless numbers expected to be lower than feared

    Economic forecasters are lowering predictions for how far unemployment may rise over the coming months – but warn that...

  35. May 26, 2011

    Low-skill jobs data stir migration debate

    The number of foreign-born workers filling low-skill jobs has more than doubled in nine years, reigniting debate about...

  36. May 24, 2011

    HR called ‘biggest vested interest of all’

    A business leader has accused the professional body representing human resource managers of being the “biggest vested...

  37. May 22, 2011

    Business lobby criticised over employee rights

    The business lobby has been accused by a leading labour market analyst of “knee-jerk opposition” to employment legislation...

  38. March 16, 2011

    UK unemployment at 17-year high

    Unemployment has reached a 17-year high of 2.53m and joblessness among young people is at record levels in what the...

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