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Number of low paid jobs increases in London

GBP, Money, Cash, Wages

The number of low paid jobs in London has increased, boosted in part by a rise in part-time and insecure work, according to a report from the London Assembly Economy Committee. The report, ‘The Hourglass Economy: An analysis of London’s labour market’ , says working families are particularly affected with 57% of London’s poor made up […]

Tax group welcomes moves to tighten up rules on employer gifts under £50


Have you been given flowers by your workplace after having your baby or when you went on maternity leave? Did you know they could be subject to tax? The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group says that some employees have faced calls from HMRC for tax on such gifts from their employers and is backing new legislation […]

Action needed to encourage more women into the rail industry


Just 16.4 per cent of the rail industry is made up of women, and an even smaller number are in senior, decision-making posts, according to Women in Rail’s annual report. Adeline Ginn, Founder of Women in Rail, says that while the rail industry is enjoying increased investment and passenger levels as well as employment opportunities, […]

Report calls for line managers to be trained to spot signs of mental ill health

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Businesses need to do more to support line managers in promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace, according to a new report. The report, ‘Leading on mental wellbeing: transforming the role of line managers’, calls on all businesses to sign up to Mind’s Time to Change organisational pledge and to introduce Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) […]

2.1 million families to lose out under Universal Credit, says IFS

GBP, Money, Cash, Wages

Over two million families will get fewer benefits under Universal Credit in the long run, although many who currently face the most severe disincentives will be supported to help make work pay, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The IFS say the report is the first comprehensive analysis of UC’s effects […]

More support needed for men who want to work flexibly

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Proof of the potential to progress one’s career, visible commitment by CEOs, leadership and colleagues and respect for boundaries are the most important factors for flexible working to work, according to an Australian report which found women are more likely to succeed than men if they work flexibly. The report by Chief Executive Women and […]

GCSE projects


I feel like doing GCSEs would be almost easier than living them second hand through daughter one. We’re only half way through the year and I’m not sure I can make it to the end. The main problem is art. It seems to throw up an unending number of projects which have far-off deadlines. This […]

I have become a Hannah Montana convert

It’s back to school this week and, even though I really, really planned to have things running smoothly on the first day back, I lost my rag after hippy daughter left it till the very last minute to eat her breakfast and then wanted a French plait. I felt guilty all day as she then […]

Pilots announced for free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Childcare, nursery, children, education

Parents in eight areas of England will be the first to benefit from the 30 hours of free childcare for three and four years olds from September. The Government has announced that pilots for its plans to double the number of free childcare hours fo this age group will begin in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, […]

Five reasons to start a franchise


You might not really know what a franchise is or how it might apply to you, but if you are thinking of taking a new direction in the new year, want to work for yourself, but want the security of working for a known name then becoming a franchisee may be for you. Success rate […]

Franchising – an alternative way to work flexibly

women entrepreneurs starting up businesses

Franchising. What is it? How does it work? Workingmums is here to help answer some of these questions. You may have seen the ads for franchises, but you’ve never really known what they are, let alone whether they might be right for you. Well, Workingmums think that franchising is a great alternative to employment for […]

Is franchising for me?

Working at home, technology, small business, women

Franchising offers you the chance to start your own business, but using an established successful format. What shoudl you do, though, before you take the plunge? Cathryn Hayes, head of HSBC’s Franchise Unit, gives some advice. Running your own business may be a long cherished dream, but it can be a frightening step to take. However, there […]

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