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    1. June 28, 2015

      Feedback: Stress and freelancing

      In her Working Lives feature last week, Emma Jacobs looked beyond the money worries experienced by freelancers to examine...

    2. June 25, 2015

      Class warriors turn to tech for results

      Class might not be a uniquely British problem, but, with its subtle signifiers and far-reaching implications in UK society,...

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    1. Investing in Young People

      With a third of the world’s 200m unemployed under the age of 25, FT writers examine th...
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    1. June 25, 2015

      UK employers warned of ‘mass exodus’ of skills as workers retire

      Parts of Britain’s economy are increasingly reliant on older workers, leaving employers exposed to a “mass exodus” of...

    2. June 22, 2015

      Bank of England strikes upbeat note on productivity growth

      The Bank of England has struck an optimistic note on productivity growth, saying rising wages will push companies to invest...

    3. June 21, 2015

      FT City Network: LSE chief warns on indebtedness

      A top City figure has warned about the risk posed to the UK economy by rising levels of debt and an overreliance on...

    4. June 19, 2015

      Scrap GCSEs and make A-levels vocational, says CBI head

      GCSE exams should be scrapped to reduce pressure on teenagers and A-levels expanded to include new vocational...

    5. June 18, 2015

      Candidates become harder to screen as robots invade workplace

      Robots may be about to take your job. But could they also be the reason employers are taking so long to hire you? Andrew...

    6. June 18, 2015

      Career Counsel: Recruiting new blood for energy companies

      I recruit graduates at an energy company. The fall in oil prices is putting jobs at risk and prompting some graduates to...

    7. June 17, 2015

      UK wages rise at fastest rate since crisis

      Real wages are now growing at their fastest rate in nearly eight years but economists warned the recovery in incomes cannot...

    8. June 16, 2015

      Trade unions say ‘no guarantees’ of support in EU referendum

      UK trade unions are threatening to abandon the cause of EU membership during the forthcoming referendum campaign, in a...

    9. June 16, 2015

      Ex-public sector staff need to be more mobile, says report

      Redundant public sector workers must move into private sector jobs much more quickly if they are to avoid long periods out...

    10. June 16, 2015

      Small business growth returns to pre-recession levels says study

      The UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises have recovered from the recession, according to the Enterprise Research Centre...

    11. June 15, 2015

      Social gulf dividing Britain’s elite professions

      In 1946 the writer George Orwell described Britain as the most class-ridden society on earth. The decades since should have...

    12. June 14, 2015

      Feedback: Sarah O’Connor on wearable technology and workplace surveillance

      Sarah O’Connor reported last week on how wearable technology has made it possible for employers to monitor staff ever more...

    13. June 8, 2015

      ‘Big Society’ fades again as three-day volunteering plan shelved

      David Cameron’s bid to revive the “Big Society” is subsiding again as plans to give workers time off to do voluntary work...

    14. June 7, 2015

      British welfare provides no sanctuary from work

      The UK does not provide especially generous welfare to people of working age. This may surprise anyone familiar with its...

    15. June 7, 2015

      UK falls short of 24,000 nurses due to cuts and immigration rules

      Britain’s healthcare industry is suffering a nursing shortage of 24,000 staff this year, driven by a decline in student...

    16. June 7, 2015

      Feedback: bugging bosses

      Michael Skapinker’s column last week looked at the trend for employees to record conversations with their bosses secretly....

    17. June 4, 2015

      Jobless welfare claimants hit 35-year low, says think-tank

      Britain’s culture of welfare reliance has been transformed, with the proportion claiming out-of-work benefits at its lowest...

    18. June 4, 2015

      Britain shows US the benefits of targeted welfare

      Once the US was viewed as an employment powerhouse in which a weak system of welfare support drove people to accept...

    19. June 4, 2015

      ‘Smart drugs’ offer the ambitious an extra edge

      Patti Turchi, a director at an English language school in Italy, used to suffer debilitating jitters whenever she had to...

    20. June 4, 2015

      Career Counsel: Find new fields to harvest a fresh crop of young talent

      I want to find the best talent for my company. How do I make sure I don’t miss those people who come from less obvious...

    21. June 4, 2015

      Flatulent bugs and excited scientists inspire space careers

      Career ideas. One of the things I really like about Robert Peston’s Speakers for Schools programme is that school children...

    22. June 3, 2015

      A plan to help Britain’s precious little burdens

      Few issues are as vexatious for families in Britain as the need to find affordable childcare. In a society where both...

    23. June 3, 2015

      The low-paid in Britain need the taxpayer’s pound

      Sometimes a public policy idea is so good it can withstand the whims of politicians. That is the proud history of Britain’s...

    24. June 2, 2015

      Employers fear cost of apprenticeships will increase

      Employers fear the government will try to reach its target of creating 3m new apprenticeships by 2020 by asking employers to...

    25. June 2, 2015

      The misplaced hero worship of start-up founders

      President George W Bush was once believed to have said that the French lack a word for “entrepreneur”. What a pity this is a...

    26. June 1, 2015

      Free childcare pledge needs full funding, experts warn

      Giving working parents more free childcare was a key Conservative manifesto pledge -- and this week David Cameron declared...

    27. June 1, 2015

      North Sea weakness take its toll on manufacturing sector

      The manufacturing sector is losing momentum, an industry body has warned, in a sign that problems in North Sea oil and gas...

    28. May 31, 2015

      Beowulf offers economic hope to remote Weardale community

      A former quarry high on a bleak County Durham hillside has been transformed into an Anglo Saxon village, complete with...

    29. May 29, 2015

      Black Country’s greatest delicacy goes upmarket

      When Freshers Foods, a Lancashire snacks manufacturer, launched its new pork scratchings product at a trade fair in...

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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...

    31. May 26, 2015

      How to handle sexist culture at work

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

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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....

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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