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Women workers join forces as robots threaten jobs

Unite represents over 300,000 women members and will consult on its political and industrial strategy to ensure a future that works for women. New technologies and artificial intelligence pose real risks to employment in sectors with significant proportions of women workers including health, financial services, local authorities and civil air transport (see notes to editors).

Contributor: Sharon Graham | Published: 11 February 2018


UK students missing out on over £150 million scholarships

The Scholarship Hub, questioned 20 leading organisations*, offering scholarships, grants or bursaries to UK students, including the Royal Television Society, the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation and the Millford Haven Port Authority, and found they often struggle to get enough suitable applicants.

Contributor: Karen Kennard | Published: 10 February 2018


Bitcoin sparking interest in cryptocareers

The average salary for roles requiring "Blockchain" expertise ranges from £30,117 per year for a Research Analyst to £67,209 per year for a Software Architect. The dramatic rise in the value of Bitcoin has inspired a wave of people to look for work in the Blockchain industry, according to figures released by the world’s largest job site, Indeed.

Contributor: Bill Richards | Published: 10 February 2018


Disconnect between businesses’ appetite to borrow and political mood music

There is one simple way to resolve this if you are an employer -by making sure that there is not an issue in the first place. It is advisable to conduct regular reviews of salaries and, if you find that there is a discrepancy between a male and female employee who do the same (or similar) job, can you justify it? If not, then something needs to be done about it.

Contributor: Daniel Bailey | Published: 9 February 2018


BBC review finds “no gender bias”

A report published today by PwC has found that there is "no gender bias" regarding pay decisions at the BBC but their approach to pay in general "has been far from perfect". The report found a 6.8 percent gender pay gap among on-air staff earning more than £150,000. 

Contributor: Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson | Published: 9 February 2018


Serious attacks on education workers shoot up

New official figures include loss of sight, brain damage, loss of consciousness, asphyxia, amputation and even death. The number of serious injuries suffered by education workers after violent attacks has shot up by 24 percent in the past five years, new figures obtained by the GMB show.

Contributor: Karen Leonard | Published: 8 February 2018

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Employer confidence at lowest since referendum

Contributor REC More than a third (35 percent) of respondents think that the country’s economic conditions are getting worse, while only one in five (22 percent) think they are improving. The net balance of hiring and investment decisions has also fallen by two points to nine.

Contributor: Kevin Green | Published: 8 February 2018


Eurozone GDP, what next?

Anything the US economy can do the Eurozone economy can do, slightly better it seems. This is the best economic growth the Eurozone has seen since before the Global Financial Crisis. With both the US and Eurozone growing in tandem and with Asian economies on a roll, the hope is that 2018 delivers continued growth, further confidence and economic stability.

Contributor: Jacob Deppe | Published: 7 February 2018


UK economy beats expectations

Good news from the ONS, with UK GDP estimated to have grown 0.5 percent in the final quarter of last year. Economists had expected a slower pace of expansion of 0.4 percent. As ever it’s worth noting that this preliminary estimate is produced using less than half the data which will eventually be available, and will be subject to revision in the coming months.

Contributor: Ben Brettell | Published: 7 February 2018

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Stagnant wages pushing employees into self employment

According to the Office for National Statistics, UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million from September to November 2017, taking employment to its joint highest level since comparable records began in 1971. But average wages in real terms - compared to inflation - fell by 0.5 percent compared with the previous year.

Contributor: Stewart Butler | Published: 6 February 2018