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How ready are you for a no deal Brexit?

It also argues that the Government must act to keep the economy open to the world, citing polling which shows that the public overwhelmingly want Britain post-Brexit to be the most business-friendly and lowest-tax country in Europe.

Contributor: Robert Colvile | Published: 12 March 2019

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Compensatory rest does not have to be taken in one uninterrupted period

Network Rail allowed rest breaks to be taken "between periods of operational demand when there are opportunities for 'naturally occurring breaks'". It provided that the 20 minute break could be an aggregate of short breaks taken over the course of a shift.

Contributor: Rebecca McGuirk | Published: 10 March 2019

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Single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships

Provide career and skills support to all single parents who move onto job-seeking benefits, encompassing part-time skills training and support with childcare. This should include opening up access to the extended 30-hour childcare offer to those undertaking a traineeship. 

Contributor: Laura Dewar | Published: 9 March 2019

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No deal Brexit – 20 percent of jobs at risk, weaker regions hardest hit

That investment drove demand for skilled jobs such as technicians, engineers, and IT specialists. UK businesses that were foreign-owned and received investment from overseas employed 4million people in 2016, 17 per cent of all UK employees. Half of those were employed by EU-owned firms.

Contributor: Nigel Driffield | Published: 8 March 2019

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 Only five percent of UK train drivers are women

Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express, has launched the UK’s biggest rail recruitment campaign to attract more women and young people to consider a rewarding career in rail. 

Contributor: GTR | Published: 7 March 2019

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NHS mental health support plans “won’t stop exodus”

Following the Health Secretary’s pledge to overhaul mental health support for NHS staff – in an effort to boost retention, has praised the move as a promising step, but suggested that it may be missing the root cause of the problem

Contributor: Michael Johnson-Ellis | Published: 5 March 2019

Impact of poor employee financial wellbeing is underestimated

While 88 percent of employers think that their employees worry about money, just a third (30 percent) think money worries impact their staff while at work. However, the reality on the ground is very different. Three quarters (73 percent) of employees say that money worries impact them at work. 

Contributor: Sir Cary Cooper | Published: 4 March 2019

What ten years of Quantitative Easing has done to our pensions

Defined benefit pensions are looking rosier, aggregate shortfall has fallen to £23.1 billion from £204.7 billion… but it’s been a rocky ride, the shortfall grew as large as £413 billion despite increased contributions. Pension fund values have been rising

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 3 March 2019

Changing paradigm – technology and regulation emerge as key enabler

New research commissioned by Ricoh Europe, based on a survey of 2,550 business leaders from across 24 countries, shows a shift from the traditional mindset that regulation is a bottleneck and barrier. Over half (52 percent) agree that regulation is an enabler in the digital age

Contributor: David Mills | Published: 2 March 2019