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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 […]


Older workers expect flexible roles pre-retirement

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Three in five UK workers are planning to carry on working if they haven’t saved enough by the time they hit their target retirement age and a quarter expect their employer to create a flexible role for them as they get older, according to new research. The survey of over 4,000 adults for the international […]


Mobile working trends for the future

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Mobile devices will continue to shape the move to a more agile way of working as more and more workers use smartphones and tablets for work purposes, according to a new white paper on enterprise mobility from a leading analyst in the field of converging IT, telecoms and media markets. Ovum’s white paper identifies a […]


Unemployment edges up

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Unemployment rose slightly between March and May, the first quarterly fall since early 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics. For March to May 2015, there were 30.98 million people in work, 67,000 fewer than for the three months to February 2015. The ONS says the fall is mainly due to fewer self-employed people. […]


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