UK retail sales rise in August

  • September 18, 2014

UK retail sales rise in August UK retail sales rose by 0.4% in August compared with the previous month, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Sales volumes were up 3.9% compared with the same month a year earlier. The ONS said there was big rise in household goods sales compared with […]

UK jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2008

  • September 18, 2014

UK jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2008 The unemployment rate fell to 6.2% over the three months to the end of July, its lowest level since 2008, official figures show. The number of jobless people fell by 146,000 to 2.02 million over the quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported. Those claiming […]

Full economic recovery ‘will not solve youth unemployment’

  • August 13, 2014

Full economic recovery ‘will not solve youth unemployment’ The IPPR says 700,000 young people have never had a job Centre-left think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says that a full-blown economic recovery will not resolve the UK’s youth unemployment problem. Its latest report says despite steady falls in unemployment, there are still […]

UK jobless rate nears six-year low

  • August 13, 2014

UK jobless rate nears six-year low The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance is close to a six year low UK unemployment edged closer to a six-year low in the three months to the end of June, official figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics said the unemployment rate fell to 6.4% in the […]

UK hiring plans at 16-year high, according to BDO report

  • August 11, 2014

UK hiring plans at 16-year high, according to BDO report BDO said services firms, in particular, planned to hire more staff UK firms intend to hire staff at the fastest rate for 16 years, research suggests. Accountancy firm BDO said its jobs index for July, which measures hiring plans over the next three months, was […]

UK service sector growth hits eight-month high

  • August 5, 2014

UK service sector growth hits eight-month high The UK services sector grew strongly in July, with business activity hitting an eight-month high, a survey suggests. The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) reached 59.1 in the month, up from 57.7 in June. Any score above 50 indicates expansion. Services account for more than 70% of […]

LinkedIn in $6m labour violation settlement

  • August 5, 2014

LinkedIn in $6m labour violation settlement The networking site agreed to take proactive steps to prevent future violations LinkedIn has agreed to pay $6m (£3.6m) in wages and damages after regulators found it failed to account for all the hours worked by its employees. This includes $3.3m in unpaid wages and $2.5m in damages to […]

Workers’ wages peak in their late 30s, says ONS

  • July 3, 2014

Workers’ wages peak in their late 30s, says ONS The ONS has studied wages over the past 40 years for different groups Workers’ wages peak in their late 30s, official data shows, unlike the mid-1970s when people were paid the most when they were aged in their late 20s. In 2013, those aged 38 had […]

Hundreds in zero-hours council jobs

  • July 3, 2014

Hundreds in zero-hours council jobs By Ian Parker BBC News, Bristol More than 700 council workers in the West are on zero-hours deals Councils in the West have been criticised for employing hundreds of staff on zero-hours contracts. More than 700 people at 17 councils are employed on the contracts, which allow authorities to hire […]

Zero-hours contracts: rules give workers more choice

  • June 25, 2014

Zero-hours contracts: rules give workers more choice The government says the ban will affect 125,000 workers Employers are to be banned from stopping staff with zero-hours contracts seeking extra work elsewhere. Business Secretary Vince Cable said “unscrupulous” firms had abused the flexibility offered by the contracts. Unions and campaign groups have been pressing for zero-hours […]