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Barclays launches back to work apprenticeships for older workers

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Angela Bovell had been unemployed for 12 months after caring for her father for eight years. In August the 52-year-old mother and grandmother started an apprenticeship as a community banker with Barclays. She is one of the first cohort of Bolder Apprentices, a new initiative launched by the bank which opens apprenticeships up to older […]


Employers seeking more HR managers

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Three quarters of HR hiring managers are planning to increase recruitment of HR professionals in the second half of the year, according to a new survey. The Robert Walters Hiring Intentions Survey shows that employers are seeking professionals across a wide range of levels, with mid level (66%) being the most highly sought after, followed […]


Number of zero hour contracts rises by 6%

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The number of people on zero hours contracts has risen by 6% in a year, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. It said there were 744,000 people on a zero-hours contract in their main job, as of June 2015 – 2.4% of all people in employment. The same time last year […]


TUC calls for flexibility over staggered starts for reception kids

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The TUC is calling on employers to allow parents to work flexibly as their children start primary school this month. It says around 400,000 working mothers have children starting primary school across England and Wales this September. Given that most primary schools in the UK operate a staggered start for children entering reception classes, with […]


One to one time

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The hardest thing about having four children is not the practical stuff, although this can send your mind into contorsions. The day to day can be complex, but the real difficulty comes in trying to give everyone an equal amount of attention. Daughter three is a big fan of one-to-one time. She is also highly […]


Women earn more than men in their 20s

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Women typically earn more than men in their 20s, but that the tables are turned as they get older, according to research from the Press Association. Using data from between 2006 and 2013 from the Office for National Statistics, it says that on average women between the age of 22 and 29 earn £1,111 more […]


Struggles with the school uniform

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It’s that bit of the summer holidays where children are vaguely aware that it is all going to come to an end some time soon, but refuse point blank to get back to any sort of normal routine. It’s also the time when you suddenly remember the fact that all their school shirts are stained […]


Stress levels high for women in male-dominated environments

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Women who work in very male-dominated environments face higher stress levels, according to a US study. The research by Indiana University Bloomington researchers Bianca Manago, a doctoral student in sociology, and Cate Taylor, an assistant professor of sociology and gender studies, builds on previous research which has shown that women working in male-dominated occupations face particular […]


Quality and conditions of jobs impact new mothers’ decision to return to work

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Type of job and work conditions are key to women returning to work after maternity leave, according to a German research study. The study, by Melanie Arntz, Stephan Dlugosz and Ralf Wilke from the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), to be presented at the annual congress of the European Economic Association in Mannheim […]


Work life balance the main reason for people leaving jobs

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The top reason people leave their jobs is to seek out opportunities with a better work life balance, according to new research. A survey of HR directors with access to exit interviews shows nearly a third identified a better world life balance as being behind employees’ decisions to leave their jobs. The survey by recruitment […]


The full set

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‘Gran, gran, we’re going south,’ said grandson as we were driving along. He’d got a huge new plastic compass strapped to his wrist, (‘free’ on the front of a Disney magazine, he said). ‘And it’s got an E for Epping,’ he added. Well, great, I was thinking, we were heading for Epping Tesco’s and it’s […]


58% of women ‘will change their career plans to have children’

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Fifty-eight per cent of working women who are planning to have children say they would alter their career to have a child, according to new research. The survey of over 1,000 women, led by YouGov, found the main reason given for altering their career was the need for more flexible working conditions – 74% said […]


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