Posts tagged with ‘Government’

The public sector reforms

public-sector-reformsCentral and local government are operating in a climate of unprecedented change, mostly induced by the need to dramatically reduce costs. Cuts across departments are averaging 19% over four years and capital expenditure is projected to fall to £47.1 billion in 2014-15 (from a total of £59.5 billion in 2010-11) and to as low as £21 billion in terms of.
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A response to gender balanced boards

Gender balanced boardsLast month the European Commission decided to significantly dilute plans for legally binding gender quotas. It’s been greeted by a fairly mixed response. And I’m not surprised. There are probably only very few ways to increase the number of women on boards – and at first glance the ‘quota’ appears a common sense approach. But I think it could be the.
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Working parents: can they actually afford to work?

Today’s working parents in the UK are caught in a worrying spiral of increasing childcare costs and failing family incomes. According to a recent article written by Childcare Minister, Liz Truss MP, in the Telegraph, “high childcare costs are putting British mothers off going.
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Planning changes: will they boost the construction industry?

The Government’s bid to kick-start the economy by proposing a year-long free-for-all in house and business extensions might not be such a panacea for the jobs market. The controversial proposals double the area that homeowners and businesses can extend outside conservation areas. That means detached homeowners will be able to build a single storey up to eight metres into their gardens.
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Why are men being trapped in part-time jobs?

While unemployment figures may have taken a welcome turn for the better, scratching the surface reveals more and more people being forced into part-time jobs as full-time employment is just not there. But what does this mean for the wider economy and is it a trend that’s going to be with us for some time to come? The fall in unemployment may,.
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NHS cuts: how many nurse jobs have really been lost?

The coalition’s £20 billion NHS economy drive is decimating the nursing profession or having little effect, depending on who you listen to. Whichever figures are correct, the reality looks like more nurses are needed rather than fewer… Of all the job sectors across the UK, nursing has been the one in the spotlight over the past few months, due to growing.
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Apprenticeships: are they making a difference?

Two key things happened in the jobs market towards the end of last year. In November, youth unemployment topped the landmark figure of 1 million; and around the same time, the Government announced it would boost spending on apprenticeships by £250m as part of a wider £1bn youth unemployment package. During 2011, the Government spent a total of £1.4bn to create.
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Should UK firms prioritise UK workers?

There was a rather lame joke doing the rounds recently after it emerged that Britain could soon be invaded by tropical mosquitoes, potentially spreading deadly diseases. “All those foreign mosquitoes, taking our mosquitoes’ jobs, stealing our women,” went the refrain. But the underlying sentiment has not been far from the headlines lately. Earlier this month, employment minister Chris Grayling urged British.
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