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      May 27, 2015

      Sterling, productivity and central bankers

      Unemployment cannot fall much more in Japan, the UK and the US without inflation rising. The actual growth of gross domestic...

    2. May 26, 2015

      The next problem: How to handle sexist culture at work

      Next question I work in a medium-sized UK business with lots of senior women employees but only old men on the board. When a...

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    1. May 24, 2015

      Conservatives rule out reviving plans to make sackings easier

      The Conservative party has decided against reviving plans to allow businesses to sack employees at will, as it embarks on a...

    2. May 21, 2015

      Unions call off UK rail strike after deal with operator

      A planned rail strike that threatened travel chaos throughout Britain over the Bank Holiday weekend has been cancelled after...

    3. May 21, 2015

      Millennial v Boomer: Company calendars full of fibs

      Brynne Herbert I used to have a boss who had a standing meeting in his diary at 5pm on certain days each week. I later...

    4. May 19, 2015

      Average UK workers pose a productivity puzzle

      There is an old joke about the Scotsman who moved to England and raised the average level of intelligence in both countries....

    5. May 17, 2015

      A softly-softly approach to UK industrial disruption

      David Cameron’s Conservative government, emboldened by the majority it gained in the UK general election, is moving to curb...

    6. May 15, 2015

      RMT calls 24-hour rail strike on May bank holiday

      Millions of train passengers travelling over the May 25 bank holiday face extensive disruption after the Rail, Maritime and...

    7. May 15, 2015

      UK employers near limit on recruiting skilled migrants

      UK employers who recruit specialist workers from outside the EU face increasing curbs as an annual quota on skilled migrants...

    8. May 14, 2015

      In a Blink: it may be time to negotiate for a better salary

    9. May 13, 2015

      Study casts doubt on economic benefits of entrepreneurship

      Many areas with low rates of self-employment in 1921 still had low rates 90 years later, according to a new study which...

    10. May 13, 2015

      UK employment rises to fresh high

      Britain’s workers enjoyed slightly higher pay growth than expected in the first quarter of this year, while unemployment...

    11. May 12, 2015

      Tories plan stricter rules on UK strike ballots

      The Conservative government will press ahead with significant changes to Britain’s strike laws, pleasing business but...

    12. May 12, 2015

      The spirit of Thatcher returns to Victoria Street

      Scrapping the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is one of those ideas that has been kicked around Whitehall for...

    13. May 12, 2015

      The boast of a double vote in the general election

      I heard a colleague, a senior figure in the investment bank where I work, boasting to another that he had voted twice in the...

    14. May 12, 2015

      Tories make free childcare and apprentices priority to boost jobs

      The Conservative government’s decision to make free childcare and apprenticeships a priority in this parliament reflects its...

    15. May 11, 2015

      The subliminal power of fonts

      “The only font,” I remember a colleague saying to me once with an orotund flourish, “is Garamond. Don’t you think?” This...

    16. May 7, 2015

      We find our young recruits on the cheap and in unlikely places

      I know the country is going to the polls today, but my mind is on something different, if not unrelated. Where to find new...

    17. May 6, 2015

      General election: What Britain’s next chancellor cannot know

      Taxation and spending have been at the centre of the economic battleground in this election. These are among the few levers...

    18. May 4, 2015

      PwC scraps A-level requirement for graduate scheme applicants

      Professional services company PwC has scrapped its requirement for all applicants to achieve top A-level marks, in a boost...

    19. May 3, 2015

      Joyless recovery in Liverpool jobs market

      If Britain is the “jobs factory of Europe”, in the words of David Cameron, prime minister, then Liverpool is one machine...

    20. May 1, 2015

      My First Million — Barinder Hothi

      Born in the UK to Indian immigrants, Barinder Hothi is the co-founder of Knowledge Academy, providing project management and...

    21. April 30, 2015

      Employers welcome European ruling on redundancies

      The law on collective redundancies in the UK will revert to a more employer-friendly version, prompting relief from...

    22. April 26, 2015

      Feedback: Lucy Kellaway’s 30-year work celebration

      Lucy Kellaway celebrated her 30th anniversary at the FT last week, noting that the trend was to view such long service as a...

    23. April 23, 2015

      Should you accept a great job offer with a terrible boss?

      I have received an excellent job offer, but have been warned that my manager has a terrible reputation. Should I take heed...

    24. April 23, 2015

      Women are retiring on far less income than men

      Women still retire on much less income than men. But the gap has narrowed since its significant increase following the 2008...

    25. April 22, 2015

      UK food banks used record 1m times in year

      The news that food banks were visited a record million times last year has turned a spotlight on the nature of Britain’s...

    26. April 20, 2015

      Office desk follows job for life into oblivion

      The office job for life has all but disappeared: now the permanent desk may be going the same way. A company that helps...

    27. April 20, 2015

      UK’s productivity gap has grown under coalition government

      “We literally cannot afford to go on like this,” was the stark warning from the UK coalition government four years ago in...

    28. April 19, 2015

      Professional services at heart of UK productivity problem

      Lawyers, accountants and management consultants lie at the heart of the UK’s productivity problem, explaining almost a...

    29. April 19, 2015

      Weighing up four theories on the UK’s productivity gap

      Theories abound over the causes of the UK’s slump in productivity since the financial crisis; here are four explanations. It...

    30. April 19, 2015

      Solving productivity puzzle is key to government finances

      Britain’s advanced economy and comfortable living standards have been built on productivity growth. Ever since the...

    31. April 19, 2015

      Umbrella agencies cash in on temporary workers

      When a teaching assistant opened his first payslip from a new job in an east London secondary school, he had an unpleasant...

    32. April 19, 2015

      Government rolls out new school careers guidance scheme

      Nicky Morgan came under heavy fire from MPs in January over the coalition government’s inadequate careers service provision...

    33. April 17, 2015

      Unemployment falls to seven-year low

      Britain’s employment rate has climbed to a fresh record while joblessness is the lowest for almost seven years, a boon for...

    34. April 17, 2015

      Labour promises clamp on unpaid internships

      Ed Miliband will promise on Friday that a Labour government would ban companies from offering unpaid internships of longer...

    35. April 16, 2015

      Wm Morrison recruits 5,000 staff but cuts 720 in head office

      British supermarket chain Wm Morrison is hiring 5,000 shop floor staff to improve service and open more checkouts, even as...

    36. April 16, 2015

      Limitless work divides generations

      Patty Mc­Cord, otherwise known as the anti-HR HR mind, is the person behind Netflix’s revolutionary Culture Deck, which...

    37. April 16, 2015

      Body language mistakes in interviews

    38. April 13, 2015

      Business activity jumps in England and Wales

      Business activity in England is rising at its fastest rate for seven months and in Wales is at its highest since July 2014,...

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