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GAP may close all clothing stores in Europe

The retailer moots replacing stores with a franchise model in response to significant losses.

Chancellor revamps Job Support Scheme

22 Oct 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an update to the Job Support Scheme (JSS), including for workers in England where tier 2 restrictions apply.

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OECD predicts 7.1% unemployment in UK and criticises lack of training

15 Oct 2020

The OECD has predicted unemployment in the UK will rise from 4.5% to 7.1% in 2021 and says that to recover the UK must invest in skills and achieve a softer Brexit.

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Largest annual rise in redundancies since 2009

13 Oct 2020

As the UK sees the largest annual increase in redundancies since 2009, business groups have urged the government to ‘get...

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UK hospitality industry mounts legal challenge to fresh lockdown rules

12 Oct 2020

Judicial review sought to halt new restrictions that could lead to closures of pub, restaurants and clubs.

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Job losses accelerate as furlough draws to a close

8 Oct 2020

Up to 800 jobs are being shed by Suffolk brewer Greene King with the closure of 79 pubs and restaurants,...

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More than half of workers looking for new role

7 Oct 2020

More than half of the UK’s workforce is either actively or casually looking for a new role, according to a...

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Hospitality job losses will be ‘far higher’ than expected

7 Oct 2020

Far more pub, bar and restaurant workers than previously thought are likely to lose their jobs by the end of...

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Tesco to create 16,000 new jobs as online sales soar

7 Oct 2020

Tesco has announced it will create 16,000 new permanent jobs, with many of the roles going to staff who joined...

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Febrile mood will lead to sackings, whistleblowing and disputes

7 Oct 2020

As the UK heads into a worrying winter, Charlie Thompson examines the risks for senior teams as they manage the...

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Shortage occupation lists: the MAC’s proposals examined

6 Oct 2020

Last week, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released a report outlining what occupations should be recognised as being in shortage...

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Half a million redundancies planned in first five months of pandemic

6 Oct 2020

Employers planned to make almost half a million redundancies in the first five months of the Covid-19 pandemic, new figures...

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Government announces £2.5bn lifelong learning package

29 Sep 2020

The government has announced plans to offer adults without an A-level or equivalent a free college course to boost their...

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Job Support Scheme vs Germany’s Kurzarbeit

28 Sep 2020

In the run-up to Rishi Sunak’s announcement of the Job Support Scheme, speculation was rife that the UK was looking...

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Job Support Scheme: two thirds of two thirds?

24 Sep 2020

As announcements go, it was far from the clearest. It was only when the above graphic was tweeted by HM...

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