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Vocational skills shortage

The Government’s aim of getting 50 per cent of students into higher
education by 2010 could damage business and heighten skills shortages, the
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) claims. Bill Midgley,
president of the BCC, said business was suffering from an acute skills shortage
and urgently needed more young people to pursue vocational routes, to take
apprenticeships and undertake work-based learning.

Pensions info left out

Employers are missing a golden opportunity to sell themselves to prospective
employees by leaving pensions information out of job adverts. The TUC claims
that less than one in 10 recruitment campaigns make any mention of pensions
despite the fact that it is often a key element of the benefits package on
offer. TUC researchers discovered that out of a total of 1,519 adverts placed,
only 101 (6.3 per cent) made any mention of pensions.

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