Employees

School-leavers need better workplace skills, say business groups

Young people in the UK are leaving school unprepared for employment and the workplace, business groups have said.

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Bonus pay gap widens

The bonus pay gap between women and men is widening as some male managers earn bonuses which are on average double those for women, according to figures from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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Zero-hour contracts reach million mark

New research suggests that the number of workers on zero- hour contracts - those which offer no guarantee of hours or pay - is more widespread than thought.

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Northern Ireland SMEs need more employment support

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need more support and guidance about their employment rights and responsibilities, a report published by the Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) has found.

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Employment tribunal fees now in force

Workers who take employment disputes to court will now have to pay fees under new legislation in place across the UK.

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Government consults on new tax reliefs

The Government has launched a consultation on providing two new tax reliefs worth £50 million to boost and support the creation of employee-owned companies.

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Businesses struggle to find skilled staff

Almost two fifths of businesses that need employees with science, technology, engineering and maths skills have trouble finding the right people, a report by the Confederation of British Industry has found.

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National Insurance allowance to boost SME job creation

One in five small businesses is feeling optimistic about growth and expansion following the Government's announcement to introduce a £2,000 allowance towards employer National Insurance contributions (NICs).

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Employee share buy-back rules relaxed

Simplified rules for businesses to buy back employee-owned shares in the company have come into force. The changes are aimed at encouraging greater take-up of direct employee ownership and reducing the regulatory burden on businesses.

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Large rise in number of zero-hour contracts

The number of workers on contracts with no guarantee of regular hours or pay doubled to 200,000 during the last six months of 2012, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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