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  1. August 25, 2014

    Vince Cable aims to close zero hour law loopholes

    Employers who try to dodge new laws on zero hours contracts could face legal penalties, as ministers attempt to show they...

  2. August 24, 2014

    British workers cheaper to employ than Spanish

    Britain’s labour costs have dropped below Spain’s as a wage squeeze and weaker pound have transformed the UK into a low cost...

  3. August 20, 2014

    MPC dissenters still seen as outliers unable to shift policy

    It seems dissent is back in fashion at the Bank of England. Rune watchers no longer need to speculate about the semantic...

  4. August 20, 2014

    Self employment climbs to 4.6m Britons

    A rise in white collar freelancers has driven self employment to its highest level for at least 40 years with 4.6m people in...

  5. August 19, 2014

    Chuka Umunna says UK economic rebalancing ‘mired in chaos’

    Efforts to rebalance the UK economy away from London and the southeast using a regional growth fund have been “mired in...

  6. August 19, 2014

    Watford becomes a hotspot for older people in work

    The usually unremarkable English town of Watford has a claim to fame: it is in the vanguard of one of the trends reshaping...

  7. August 19, 2014

    UK’s female managers face ‘midlife pay crisis’

    The gender pay gap among managers in the UK is substantially worse higher up the ladder, according to a survey from the...

  8. August 15, 2014

    Ecigarette shops lead high streets’ transformation

    The smell of lychees, bubblegum and strawberries fills the vapour filled room in Vape Lab, an ecigarette store in east...

  9. August 13, 2014

    Wage growth feeble as UK economy recovers

    Mark Carney gave Britain the good news first on Wednesday and then he came to the “but”. The recovery was on track and...

  10. August 13, 2014

    Strong UK economy lures more migrants

    The number of eastern Europeans employed in Britain from countries such as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania has increased by...

  11. August 13, 2014

    Markets push rate rise bets back after BoE report

    The Bank of England has halved its wage growth forecast for this year, leaving financial markets betting that UK interest...

  12. August 13, 2014

    UK wages fall for first time since 2009

    Britons’ wages have fallen in cash terms for the first time since 2009 even as unemployment continues to drop, sending...

  13. August 11, 2014

    Data dent hopes of recovery in UK wages

    Britain’s employers are hiring at a rapid pace but very few have increased the starting salaries they offer, denting hopes...

  14. August 10, 2014

    Minding Europe’s yawning skills gap

    The UK’s Local Government Association last month predicted that, by 2022, millions of Britons would be fit only for jobs...

  15. August 8, 2014

    Fall in candidates and rising vacancies push up UK starting pay

    A record drop in the availability of permanent candidates, combined with a rise in job vacancies, is pushing up starting...

  16. August 7, 2014

    Lord Freud predicts faster drop in UK’s economic inactivity

    Changes to the welfare system will accelerate the UK’s already startling drop in economic inactivity, a minister has said....

  17. August 4, 2014

    UK business confidence dips for first time in two years

    UK business confidence has dipped for the first time in two years, reinforcing expectations of a modest slowdown in economic...

  18. August 4, 2014

    Hiring slowdown in City offset by small business

    City hiring remained flat last month but strong recruitment by small and medium-sized companies helped to offset a slowdown...

  19. August 3, 2014

    London warned of big threat to jobs if UK quits EU

    London could lose more than a million jobs if Britain quits the EU and fails to adopt more outward-looking trade policies,...

  20. August 3, 2014

    Long-distance London commuters push up local house prices

    London’s strong housing market is pushing up prices in other parts of the country as workers commute ever longer distances...

  21. July 30, 2014

    Shortage of engineers threaten UK growth, employers warn

    Six out of 10 engineering employers fear that a growing shortage of engineers will threaten their business in the UK,...

  22. July 30, 2014

    Going it alone is not just for the thrusting or the desperate

    Anyone who watched a lot of British television in the 1980s will remember the advert. After dropping little Johnny off at a...

  23. July 28, 2014

    Employment tribunal fees a ‘victory’ for worst employers

    The introduction of fees for bringing an employment tribunal case has been a “huge victory” for Britain’s worst employers,...

  24. July 27, 2014

    Feedback: three-day week for all

    Michael Skapinker argued in his column last week that Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecoms boss, was in tune with the times...

  25. July 25, 2014

    UK employers act to meet growing skills gap

    Employers are taking on more work experience students, expanding graduate schemes and hiring more apprentices as they seek...

  26. July 24, 2014

    Flagship youth jobs scheme scrapped

    The coalition’s flagship programme to tackle youth unemployment is to be wound up early, amid claims that it has been an...

  27. July 23, 2014

    All-women shortlists for boards ruled illegal

    Vince Cable’s hope of using all-female shortlists to get more women on to the boards of large companies has been thwarted....

  28. July 23, 2014

    Businesses flout law on paying interns for ‘valuable tasks’

    Many businesses still insist that interns work for free, even though they may be in breach of employment law, according to a...

  29. July 22, 2014

    Unions to ballot 400,000 NHS staff for strike action over pay

    More than 400,000 National Health Service workers in England are to be balloted over strikes in a dispute about pay, opening...

  30. July 22, 2014

    Warning over threat to economy posed by bus funding cuts

    Cuts to bus funding are harming the UK economy and leaving people unable to get to work or the shops, campaigners have...

  31. July 21, 2014

    UK job centres face call for competition

    Private companies and charities should be able to compete with government agencies to help unemployed people find work,...

  32. July 20, 2014

    Gay engineers hide sexuality to safeguard career, finds UK study

    Nearly half of gay and lesbian engineers in a survey said they hid their sexuality from their colleagues. The study by the...

  33. July 18, 2014

    Conservatives to toughen rules for strike ballots

    The Conservatives are to go ahead with a manifesto proposal to impose a 50 per cent turnout threshold for any strike ballot...

  34. July 17, 2014

    Ineos secures £230m UK government backing to expand Grangemouth

    Ineos has received a government loan guarantee to build Europe’s largest ethane storage tank at Grangemouth, offering a...

  35. July 16, 2014

    Britain’s jobs market is booming far beyond the capital

    Records tumbled in Britain’s labour market on Wednesday. The employment rate hit a 40-year high and although the proportion...

  36. July 16, 2014

    Network Rail faces equal pay claim

    Network Rail is facing the biggest equal pay claim in its history only a week after it was found to have missed punctuality...

  37. July 16, 2014

    UK employment rate back at record high

    The UK’s employment rate has matched its record high as the economy continued to create jobs at an unprecedented pace. Real...

  38. July 14, 2014

    Manufacturers seek limit on backdated bills for holiday pay

    Manufacturers are urging the government to introduce emergency legislation to limit backdated bills for holiday pay that...

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