Skills in the recession? Not likely!

- Blog, Employment, government jobs, Minimum Wage, politics, Qualifications, recruitment, redundancy, sunday thoughts, unemployment


Tweet Skills in the Recession photo credit: Alex France As a bit of a politico – I love the cut and thrust of the debate, and the fact it affects every part of our lives – I was quickly captivated by the Opposition debate in the House of Commons yesterday, entitled Skills in the Recession. […]

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UK Budget 2009 – from a jobs perspective

- economics, Education, Employment, europe, government jobs, HMRC, Immigration, job search, job seeking, Minimum Wage, politics, recruitment, regulation, sunday thoughts


Tweet UK Budget 2009 photo credit: ErrrLomoDeAtun Today, UK Chancellor Alastair Darling, presented his budget for 2009/2010, and projections forward, in a package he said would steer the UK through to recovery. The headlines were, according to the BBC: UK will have to borrow a record £175bn as he admitted the economy faces its worst […]

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Job posting doesn’t include a salary

- Employment, Job Application, Job Interview Techniques, Minimum Wage, salary, salary negotiation


Tweet Salary Negotiation photo credit: bionicteaching Joe asks: If a job posting doesn’t include a salary is it OK to ask what it is before a first interview? In answer: It depends on how desperate you are for employment, and also could be an employer “test” for applicants – particularly for those in sales. You […]

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Minimum wage and other employment failures alleged at UK Primark suppliers

- economics, Employer, Employment, Minimum Wage


Tweet This evenings BBC Ten O’Clock News will show the result of a five month joint investigation with The Observer into the UK supply chain of high-street retailer Primark, and specifically their Manchester based suppliers TNS Knitwear (which supplies 20,000 garments per week to Primark), and their sub-contractor Fashion Waves. Following a 2007 Panorama investigation into […]

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Rise in UK national minimum wage – 1st October 2008

- DWP, Employment, HMRC, Legal, Minimum Wage, regulation


Tweet From Wednesday 1st October, the UK national minimum wage increases from £5.52 to £5.73 per hour for workers aged 22 and over, £4.77 for 18-21-year-olds and £3.53 for those aged 16 and 17. As is seen by the pursuit and prosecution of high-profile employers like Loch Fyne restaurants, not only are HM Revenue and […]

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