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Ex-industrial areas face high unemployment and fewer vacancies

1 Jun 2020

The number of unemployed people per vacancy increased dramatically as the lockdown took hold, with coastal areas and former industrial...

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Second support grant available for self-employed workers

1 Jun 2020

The government will offer self-employed workers a second and final grant in August, it has been confirmed.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak...

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Chancellor set to announce tapering of furlough scheme

29 May 2020

Employers will be expected to pay 20% of furloughed employees’ wages under plans set to be announced by chancellor Rishi...

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From ‘forgotten’ to ‘key’ workers: protecting the precariously employed

29 May 2020

While the Covid-19 crisis is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us, it brings into sharp focus some...

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Nissan plant in Barcelona to close as Sunderland stays safe

29 May 2020

Hundreds of Spanish Nissan workers have burnt tyres outside a factory that the Japanese car maker has announced is to...

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DWP employee called ‘racist’ for remarking on Wales’ wet weather

28 May 2020

A former Department for Work and Pensions employee who was found to be a victim of age and race discrimination...

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8.4 million furloughed as Sunak prepares to wind down scheme

28 May 2020

Employers will soon be unable to furlough employees as the chancellor looks to end the job retention scheme.

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Steep rise in tech roles at banks

26 May 2020

Conventional banks are looking to expand tech teams all over the UK - not only in London.

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Rural areas see jobs recovery despite nationwide hiring slowdown

22 May 2020

Rural areas have seen a surge in hiring over the past couple of weeks, despite an overall decline in the...

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TUC calls for ‘National Recovery Council’ to protect jobs and pay

20 May 2020

The TUC has called for the government to form a National Recovery Council to help the economy heal from the...

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Proposed delay to IR35 fails to gain support

20 May 2020

A proposed delay to the extension of IR35 rules to the private sector has failed to gain support in parliament....

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Wave of job losses across Rolls-Royce, Ovo Energy and JCB

20 May 2020

Rolls-Royce is proposing a ‘major reorganisation’ that will involve at least 9,000 redundancies – around one-fifth of its global workforce....

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Unemployment claims jump as vacancies plummet

19 May 2020

More than 2 million people claimed unemployment benefit in April, as the coronavirus lockdown began to take its toll on...

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Civil Service praised for agility amid extreme Brexit pressure

18 May 2020

Brexit proved the service could be agile and has led to a focus on employee wellbeing. But it also soured relationships with ministers.

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