Latest unemployment figures show white collar workers are being badly hit, particularly managers in construction and marketing, sales managers and lawyers. Plus other news.
White collar workers most affected by recession
Unemployment figures show white collar workers are losing their jobs at a faster rate than less skilled workers.
Figures released last week by the Office of National Statistics shows 210,000 of people receiving unemployment benefits in March had been in skilled jobs. This is over 120% higher than figures for the same month last year. The number of less skilled workers is up by 75% on the figure last March.
Jobs worst hit in the recession include lawyers, tose in advertising, corporate managers – particularly in marketing and construction – and sales managers.
Working hours could increase
Almost a third of employers think working hours will rise over the next six months, according to a poll by the British Chambers of Commerce.
The poll of 400 employers found 27.5% said hours would rise, around 50% they would stay the same and around a fifth said they would decrease.
UK retains opt out on Working Time Directive
The UK will retain the right to opt-out of the Working Time Directive, after talks stalled last week without an agreement being reached.
The European Parliament had proposed to phase out the opt-out in three years. The UK has consistently opposed this.
Employment relations minister Pat McFadden said: "The current economic climate makes it more important than ever that people continue to have the right to put more money in their pockets by working longer hours if they choose to do so."