Monthly Archives: May 2011

Migrants hold fifth of low-skilled UK jobs according to ONS

The number of low-skilled workers born outside the UK more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures show that almost 20% of low-skilled jobs are held by workers born abroad, up from … Continue reading

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Unhealthy workers ‘costing employers billions every year’

Employees’ poor health is costing business almost £3 billion per year and significant savings could be made if employers encourage them to change their lifestyles. This is according to a report commissioned by Bupa, which focused on the effects of … Continue reading

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Shock rise in jobless claimants

The number of people on jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) unexpectedly shot up last month, official figures revealed today, as the number of women claimants hit a 14-and-a-half year high. The so-called claimant count increased by 12,400 last month to 1.47 million, … Continue reading

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Salaries for top executives are rocketing ‘out of control’

A new investigation shows pay inequality is accelerating in Britain, with top bosses set to earn 215 times the average wage by 2020. It also demolishes the arguments they put forward to support their astonishing incomes. Britain’s bosses are pocketing … Continue reading

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Quotations

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.  Benjamin Disraeli

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More graduates taking low-skill jobs

University leavers are increasingly taking non-graduate jobs, according to research. Six months after leaving university, about 40% of last year’s graduates were “underemployed” in lower-skilled jobs, up from about 30% four years before. The research, published by the Association of … Continue reading

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Tribunal rejects Birmingham council’s fair pay appeal

A council’s appeal against a landmark ruling over fair pay, which could cost it millions of pounds in back pay, has been dismissed. Birmingham City Council went to the Employment Appeal Tribunal after the original tribunal ruled it discriminated against … Continue reading

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Coalition to water down employees’ rights

The government is to extend its review of employment law to tighten up discrimination compensation and dilute rules protecting employees’ rights when a business is transferred from one owner to another. Lib Dem minister Ed Davey will announce the new areas up … Continue reading

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CIPD launches consultation on revised code of conduct

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published a revised code of professional conduct, which has been issued for consultation today. Clear standards of ethics, integrity, behaviour and competence lie at the heart of the draft code, which … Continue reading

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Redundancy proposals risk making unemployment worse, says TUC

Employment organisations have offered a lukewarm response to the Government’s announcement that it is to extend its ongoing review into cutting employment red tape to look at areas such as collective redundancy, TUPE and discrimination compensation awards. TUC general secretary … Continue reading

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