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Confusion over pension reforms

Some businesses still do not understand the pension reforms due to start next year.

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Minimum wage set to rise next month

The national minimum wage is due to increase on 1 October this year.

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Childcare incentive advice for businesses as parents struggle

HMRC has today released a guide for employer supported childcare following changes that came into effect on 6 April 2011.

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A century may stand between women executives and equal pay

Female managers may have to wait until the next century before they can claim pay parity with their male counterparts.

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Pay deals hold steady

Average pay settlements remained constant at 2.5 per cent in the three months from May to July, it has been reported.

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School leavers lack employability skills

Concerns over the skill levels of school leavers have been heightened by a new report which indicates that employers are increasingly unwilling to take on young recruits.

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Economic fragility sees move towards flexible staffing

The uncertainty that still surrounds the economic recovery has led employers to boost their long-term plans for flexible staffing but to curtail their ambitions to increase their permanent workforces in the medium and the long-term.

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Jobs to become scarcer

News that unemployment levels have risen to 2.494 million in the second quarter of the year indicates that the private sector is struggling, at the moment, to take up the slack caused by lay offs in the public sector.

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Extending work trial scheme would create new jobs

A leading business group has urged the Government to extend a scheme that allows employers and employees to try a role before offering or accepting a permanent position.

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Flexible working should apply to all employees

Research by the CIPD has shown that over a half (54 per cent) of potential employees look for employers who provide a good pay and benefits package as opposed to job satisfaction.

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