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SME share scheme gets long-term EU support

A share scheme designed to help SMEs recruit and keep talented staff has been given the long-term backing of the European Commission.

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Government urged to fund more apprenticeships

The government needs to provide extra subsidies for apprenticeship schemes if unemployment among young people is not to become entrenched.

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Stakeholder pensions could be approaching 'obsolescence'

Sales of stakeholder pensions have fallen by 28 per cent in the last year, prompting speculation that the schemes are nearing the end of their usefulness.

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Basic skills lacking among school leavers, says business

Businesses are struggling to recruit young employees with sufficient basic skills, two business groups have claimed.

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P60s should go 'electronic'

Employers should be allowed to issue their staff with P60s electronically.

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Firms say jobs still under pressure

Jobs continue to be at risk during the economic downturn, with a significant proportion of employers contemplating redundancies over the next six months.

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Employers concerned over swine flu 'absenteeism'

Employers have been expressing worries that the swine flu outbreak may be encouraging absenteeism.

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New minimum pay rate for apprentices

The minimum weekly wage for apprentices has increased as from 1 August.

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Pay apprentices more, urges business group

Apprenticeships should be rewarded with a pay rise and should be given more government support, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has argued.

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Plans mooted to extend self-certification sick note period

Proposals are being discussed to allow employees to self-certify sick leave for a longer period during any swine flu pandemic.

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