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UK inflation slows, but markets betting on interest rate rise 

CPI inflation slowed to a two-year low of 2.1 percent, driven lower by falling oil prices and their knock-on effect on fuel costs. Companies’ raw material costs rose just 3.7 percent, the lowest since June 2016, in a sign that inflationary pressures in the economy are dissipating.

Contributor: Ben Brettell | Published: 18 January 2019

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Equality body need more power to tackle disabled discrimination

Business Disability Forum, which works with businesses, disabled people and the Government to improve the life chances of disabled people, made the recommendations in response to the Commission’s recent consultation on its future strategy.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 18 January 2019

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Are you allowed to ask applicants if they have a criminal Record?

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 allows most convictions (and cautions) to be considered spent after a specified period of time. Once a caution or conviction is spent the person is considered rehabilitated and the ROA treats the person as if they had never committed an offence. 

Contributor: Emma O’Leary | Published: 17 January 2019

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Government must remove barriers to employer investment in apprenticeships 

The findings are a stark reminder that the Government has a long way to go to create an environment in which businesses can really benefit from increased investment in skills development, with no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for apprenticeships.

Contributor: Kirstie Donnelly | Published: 17 January 2019

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Warnings new Collective Defined Contribution pension will create winners and losers

There’ll be winners and losers from this new type of CDC pension scheme that collectively pools everyone together. The Government must ensure any new schemes will be flexible enough to cope with the demands of the retire-as-you go generation and their modern working patterns.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 16 January 2019

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2.3 million working Brits think about handing in their notice every day

The research further highlighted that 38% of employees regularly encountered stressful situations at work. Women were most likely to feel this way, with 41% revealing they deal with stressful circumstances at least once a week.

Contributor: Kelly Feehan | Published: 16 January 2019

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Brits reveal what their ideal job would look like

The survey of over 1,200 UK professionals, which sought to find out exactly what the average person wants when it comes to pay, benefits, working patterns and more, reveals that Brits are after the following from their job: Nearly four in 10 (39.8 percent) think a salary of £25,500 is reasonable.

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 15 January 2019

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15th January will be busiest day for job applications

January is always an exceptionally busy time for recruitment as workers look to make a change in their lives and fulfil their New Year’s resolutions,” says Nick Kirk, UK Managing Director at Michael Page. “As a result, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd amongst a sea of other applicants.

Contributor: Nick Kirk | Published: 15 January 2019

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Top, in-demand roles for 2019 revealed

According to the 2019 Salary Guide, more than half of CEOs (53%) admit finding candidates with data analysis and digital skills – as well as softer skills, such as resilience, adaptability to change and critical thinking – a challenge in the current market.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 14 January 2019

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Anaemic growth weakens UK’s hand

The weakest quarterly output for six months is precisely the GDP data the country didn’t want to see. Such anaemic growth weakens the UK’s hand as we enter the sharp end of Brexit. What’s most worrying is the weakness in the production sector, with manufacturing a particular cause for concern.

Contributor: Ayan Mitra | Published: 14 January 2019