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Revealed: Global top 20 most expensive locations for expatriates

The latest Cost of Living report by ECA International reveals that London ranks the fifth most expensive location to live in the world. Despite low levels of inflation, the strength of the euro and the GBP has meant that 40% of the top 100 most expensive locations in the world for expats to live are in Europe.

Contributor: Steven Kilfedder - ECA | Published: 25 June 2021

Nearly 40 percent of businesses outperformed 2019 this year

New research by Accountancy and Finance, HR and Data Analytics recruiter, Wade Macdonald, has found that nearly half of UK businesses outperformed their initial predictions for this year, a more assured position than many were expecting only nine months ago. 

Contributor: Chris Goulding, Managing Director - Wade Macdonald | Published: 12 December 2020

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Seventy-five percent don’t have sufficient savings to fall back on

According to a recent survey from Smarterly, three quarters of individuals say that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has made them realise the importance of having a savings pot to fall back on in the event of unexpected circumstances.

Contributor: Steve Watson, Head of Proposition - Smarterly | Published: 12 July 2020

Budget 2020: A round up of comments across the sector

Only sufficient provision of affordable homes in the right areas can prevent the sort of social inconsistencies that appear when high property prices put key areas of UK cities off limits to younger workers and their families. We know from conversations we have constantly with housing associations that the appetite is there to keep building through economic cycles and this fund will ensure that will happen.”

Contributor: Various | Published: 11 March 2020

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Economic uncertainty the biggest challenge for SMEs

SMEs require strong leadership to navigate this period of change in the next two years, but a significant proportion believe that strong leadership is currently lacking within their organisation. According to new research from Robert Half UK.1

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 27 October 2019

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Top Universities impact rent prices in student cities by 25 percent

House prices in top university cities average 25 percent higher than national average. The analysis looked at the residential property markets of the top 50 University cities around the world, and determined that house prices grew on average 65.8 percent, compared to a national average growth of 40 percent.

Contributor: Patrick McMahon | Published: 6 September 2019

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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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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

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Early December pay leads to high cost credit in January

New research from Hastee Pay has found that workers in the UK and Ireland are five times more likely to use high-cost credit in January compared to December as workers are left to endure a five or six-week wait for their January pay packets. Contributor James Herbert, CEO - Hastee Pay.

Contributor: James Herbert | Published: 20 December 2018