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Good news – salaries on the rise!


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11 Dec 2013

Salaries across England have risen at the sharpest rate in six years according to the latest report on jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Salary growth is now at a six-year high, with the number of permanent and temporary appointments also seeing a strong, steady rise.

The increase in permanent placements was evident in all four of the English regions, with the Midlands registering the fastest growth. ...

The hidden cost of having children


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27 Nov 2013

Research part-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that the true financial cost of raising a child in the UK is around £160 per week, or a total of £81,772, by the time they are 18.  This figure increases to £148,105 once rent, childcare and council tax are taken into account.  The Child Poverty Action Group said that the figure had increased 4% in the last 12 months....

Many poorer families have a sole earner


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20 Nov 2013

Almost a third of UK families living in poverty have a ‘traditional’ sole breadwinner set-up, according to recent research.

Around 400,000 families where only one parent is regularly earning have been struggling on less than £251 a week, according to figures compiled by Natcen.

Families with double-income made up 16% of the 1.3 million classed as living in poverty. 105,000 were headed by a single parent which worked, and the rest did have anyone currently earning....

‘Wombling for welfare’ - jobless to pick up litter for handouts


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2 Oct 2013

Unemployed people in the UK will be forced to pick up litter, clean graffiti or serve food to the elderly or face losing their benefits, says chancellor George Osborne.

From April next year, anyone who has been on the dole for more than nine months will have to do work in the community to earn their state hand outs....

More than a million UK workers on ‘Zero hour’ contracts


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28 Aug 2013

More than a million workers in the UK are on zero-hour contracts, giving them no guarantees of shifts or regular work patterns – four times official estimates, research suggests. 

The survey, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, of 1,000 workers indicates that 3-4% of the employed in the UK were on such contracts....