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64% of home-based business owners are women

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Some 64 per cent of home-based business owners are female, according to a report from Enterprise Nation and Direct Line for Business. The report shows just three in 10 have children under 10, suggesting that women are not solely starting companies at home in order to work flexibly to cope with family commitments. Most of […]


Sleepless in Barcelona

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We made it. After 10 hours driving through rain and storms, up mountains and through tunnels we arrived in Barcelona. We lost count of the times only son said “are we going to be in Barcelona in 10 minutes”. We got stuck in a traffic jam in Bordeaux and then near Toulouse, but we were […]


Many holidaymakers still working from their hotel room

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One in four workers still communicate with the office while abroad, 19% take work calls and 25% check and answer emails, according to a new survey. The survey of 1,000 workers by call answering service alldayPA shows 8% even pack laptops and plan to finish off work whilst away. Despite higher charges for calls and […]


Jobless figures ‘underestimate number of women who want to work’

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Official figures used by government underplay the number of women seeking work, according to a TUC analysis. The TUC analysis of Labour Force Survey (LFS) data from the Office for National Statistics headline says unemployment figures only cover people who have very recently applied for a new job and are immediately available to start, and […]


Gender attitudes become more traditional after birth of first child

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When their first child is born, men and women grow more traditional in their gender attitudes towards mothering, as well as about who does housework and caregiving, according to a new study. The study of nearly 1,800 new parents led by Janeen Baxter, Professor and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for […]


54,000 women ‘forced out of jobs’ due to pregnancy

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Around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year, according to a report on maternity discrimination from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Their report is based on a survey of over 3,200 women, in which 11% of the women interviewed reported having been dismissed, made compulsorily redundant where […]


Stress levels rise over the summer holidays

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Over half of mums say their stress levels increase dramatically over the school holidays, particularly the summer, according to a survey. Some 55% of 1,000 mums surveyed by self-development and meditation app Anamaya say their stress levels go up over the holidays. Almost a quarter of mums say they suffer from prolonged anxiety as a […]


Linking people and place to boost productivity

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Many UK organisations are failing to adapt their workplaces to meet modern demands, according to a new report. The Workplace Conversation is the first major project from a partnership between the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Chartered Insitute for Personnel and Development. It spun out of concerns about the fast changing nature of […]


Pilot launched to give HR support to SMEs

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A new pilot initiative has been launched which aims to help unlock small business productivity and growth through the provision of HR and skills development support to businesses. The People Skills programme has been developed by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and is being piloted in three areas across the UK – Hackney […]


Vacancies surge in financial services

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The number of vacancies in financial services in the City rose by 56% between May and June, according to Morgan McKinley’s London Employment Monitor. The research also shows a 26% increase in professionals seeking new opportunities and that salaries increased by 19% on average for those securing news jobs in June. “The growth in jobs […]


Rise in working poor

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The proportion of children in poverty living in a working family rose from 54% in 2009–10 to 63% by 2013–14, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Its report Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that rising employment in the period bewteen […]


New guide launched for remote workers in London

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A new guide to working remotely in London has been launched for those looking to work outside the traditional office. Conference call service provider Powwownow has launched its Smarter Working Guide to London which represents a compilation of the best remote working locations across the city through crowd-sourced suggestions. It contains a region by region […]


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