Kier Group axes 1,200 jobs as the troubled construction firm needs to save £55m

CONSTRUCTION firm Kier has announced that it will cut 1,200 jobs to help save the struggling firm £55million a year. The company will sell its homebuilding business, Kier Living, as well as close down recycling and rubbish processing units, according to the BBC. More to follow… For the latest news on this story keep checking […]

More than 500,000 new companies have set up since 2010 — taking on more than four million workers

BRITAIN’S booming businesses are driving a record jobs bonanza – taking on 8,500 extra workers EVERY WEEK. More than 500,000 new companies have set up since 2010, creating employment for more than four million people, according to official figures. 1 The success of Britain’s booming businesses means there are 32.7 million people in work – […]

Try going freelance for more flexibility and better work/life balance

WANT more freedom at work? Think about going freelance. Of the five million Brits who work for themselves, 41 per cent freelance. They typically work for multiple large firms rather than running a company of their own. 4 Erica Yunwook Choi works freelance and says that while it can be uncertain, having flexibility over your […]

Can new Living Hours Campaign kick zero hours contracts into touch?

In the world outside the freak show of a Tory leadership battle, good ideas still occasionally emerge in Britain.  The Living Wage Campaign served one up this morning with the launch of a Living Hours Campaign, designed to address an issue that goes hand in hand with poverty pay: insecure employment.  According to the Foundation, over […]

Take-home pay is heading back to pre-credit crisis levels after employment hit a record high, official figures show

TAKE HOME pay is finally heading back to pre-credit crisis levels after employment hit a new record high. Official figures said wage growth was 3.1 per cent in the three months to April –as the number of people in work rose 32,000 to 32.75 million. 1 The number of people in work has risen to […]

Unemployment falls by 34,000 to 1.3million – the lowest rate since 1974

THE number of people out of work has fallen by 34,000 to 1.3million – the lowest rate of unemployment since 1974. That’s according to new figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that cover the three months from February to April. 1 The number of people out of work has fallen by […]

Unemployment stays at 44-year low but wage growth remains flat amid Brexit uncertainty

Unemployment fell by 34,000 to 1.3 million in the three months to April, while real wage growth remained flat, official data shows. Despite political uncertainty around Brexit, UK businesses continued to add jobs in the latest quarter, keeping the unemployment rate at 3.8 per cent – its lowest since October and December 1974. However, the […]

What are the income tax rates 2019 and calculate how much you’ll pay if Boris Johnson increases the threshold to £80,000?

THREE million workers could see their take home pay boosted under plans revealed by Conservative leader hopeful Boris Johnson. He’s promised to increase the threshold at which people have to pay the 40p rate of income tax from £50,000 to £80,000. 3 Higher rate tax payers may benefit from plans to cut the amount of […]

Social media has given rise to some persistent myths about the UK jobs statistics; here’s the truth

First, some good news. When a recent UK Statistics Authority survey asked a representative sample of the public, 85 per cent of people who expressed a view said they trusted the statistics produced by the ONS. Moreover, nearly three in four agreed they were produced without any political interference.  This doesn’t stop some people on Twitter […]

How a second-chance scheme for female ex-cons helps thousands into work

ONE minority group has been left behind in the drive for employment equality – ex-prisoners. A disappointing 83 per cent of former inmates remain jobless a year after release. 3 Shakira Lawrence, 19, can now reset her life thanks to Working ChanceCredit: Oliver Dixon – The SunAnd one of the hardest-to-help groups is women ex-prisoners. […]

Jobseeker finds abusive voicemail mocking her tattoos and fake tan left by recruiter who failed to hang up the phone properly

A JOBSEEKER received an ‘upsetting’ voicemail mocking her tattoos and fake tan after a recruiter failed to hang up the phone properly. Lily Rose-Wilson heard employer Michelle Lines tell a colleague she had liked the 25-year-old’s application before seeing her appearance on her Facebook profile. Lily Rose-Wilson found out she’d lost out on a job […]

Britain has the fewest robots in manufacturing, but Brexit might change that

It’s 5pm on a wet Wednesday afternoon in the Lincolnshire market town of Spalding and Simon Bradshaw and his partner, Sharna, are taking their daughter to see a new statue commemorating 19th-century hiring fairs for farmers and shepherds. Their visit says less about a keen interest in agrarian history and more about the Britain of […]

How to earn up to £65,500 a year plus perks by being a train driver for Southern

GET your career on track with a job as a train driver. Record investment has the rail industry expanding quickly and 1,000 new drivers are needed each year. David New – The Sun Train driver Laura McDonald at London Bridge StationThe roles offer apprenticeship qualifications and flexible hours, while bosses are full steam ahead in […]

B&M promises more Disney and Lego deals as it announces 50 new stores will open this year

DISCOUNTER B&M has promised to stock more Disney and Lego products as it plans to open 50 new stores this year. The budget store reported that its profits were up with year despite a “challenging” retail sector. Alamy B&M had a strong year for sale and plans to open more storesBosses put B&M’s success down […]

British Steel on brink of collapse with 25,000 jobs at risk

UP to 25,000 jobs are at risk as British Steel amid fears the company won’t be handed an emergency loan by the government, it was reported last night. The UK’s second-largest steel producer is on the brink of collapse, with the firm, its lenders and Whitehall all preparing for an insolvency to take place within […]

If you’re aged 26 to 32 the recession means you’re likely to earn less – and you’re more likely to be unemployed

PEOPLE aged 26 to 32 are likely to earn less than those who are both older and younger than them – and they’re more likely to be unemployed. That’s the findings of a new report from think tank the Resolution Foundation which looked at the effect the 2007 financial crash had on those leaving education […]

Four Seasons Health Care with 22,000 staff and 17,000 patients goes into administration

FOUR Seasons Health Care with 17,000 residents and patients has gone into administration. Two of the holding companies’ behind the care home giant appointed administrators today after struggling to repay their debts. Getty – Contributor Four Seasons looks after 17,000 residents and patientsThe collapse of the company, which has 22,000 staff members across its 322 […]

Four Seasons Health Care with 22,000 patients goes into administration putting 20,000 jobs at risk

FOUR Seasons Health Care has gone into administration, raising fears for its 22,000 elderly residents. Two of the holding companies’ behind the care home giant appointed administrators today after struggling to repay their debts. Getty – Contributor Four Seasons looks after 22,000 elderly residentsThe collapse of the company, which has 20,000 staff members across its […]

Debenhams names 22 of 50 stores to close as part of plan to save chain

DEBENHAMS has named 22 out of the 50 stores that it plans to close as part of a plan to save the chain from collapse. The department store will start to shutdown branches next year in a move that will affect 1,200 members of staff. Getty Images – Getty Debenhams plans to start closing the […]

Future-proof your career by securing one of these ten top jobs from AI expert to software developer

SEVEN in ten parents admit they do not fully understand what their child does for a living, say careers experts. It is being dubbed the “job generation gap”, with technology rapidly transforming the jobs market and new roles being created that did not exist five years ago. Getty – Contributor Are you ready to be […]

Nearly 60,000 Asda workers could lose paid lunch breaks under new contracts

THOUSANDS of Asda workers may lose paid lunch breaks under new contracts being introduced as part of a shakeup. The proposals will also see the minimum hourly store wage rise to £9 from £8.21, but the supermarket believes that it could leave five per cent of staff worse off. Getty – Contributor Asda wants to […]

Mars is hiring someone to eat its chocolate and sweets – and there’s a bonus

CHOCOLATE fans looking for a sweeter kind of career will want to check out Mars’ newest job opening. The chocolate and confectionery giant is hiring an intern to eat its chocolate and sweets, and there’s even a bonus. Getty Images – Getty Mars has just launched the “world’s sweetest internship 2019″The company, which makes Mars […]

Debenhams shoppers urged to spend gift cards as administration puts 4,000 jobs at risk

DEBENHAMS shoppers are being urged to use any gift cards they have while the retailer is still accepting them. The department store chain went into a pre-packed administration this week, which means it will stay open while it searches for a buyer. Getty Images – Getty Debenhams shoppers are being urged to spend gift cards […]

Do I have to work over Easter and can I get paid more if I work the bank holidays?

EASTER is coming up and while this means there are two bank holidays on the cards, some of us will inevitably have to work through these. This year Easter falls on Sunday April 21 with the Good Friday bank holiday falling on April 19 and the Easter Monday bank holiday falling on April 22. Alamy […]

Debenhams falls into administration with 50 stores to close as part of deal to save the chain

DEBENHAMS is in administration after rejecting a £200million rescue plan from Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley. The retailer, which employs around 25,000 staff, is now in the the hands of lenders as part of a pre-pack administration process. Getty Images – Getty Debenhams is expected to make an announcement about the future of the company […]

Debenhams heads into administration putting 25,000 jobs at risk

DEBENHAMS is on the edge of going bust after lenders rejected a £200million rescue plan from Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley. The retailer is expected to make an announcement later today, which could put 25,000 jobs at risk. Getty Images – Getty Debenhams is expected to make an announcement about the future of the company […]

Debenhams on the brink of collapse after rejecting Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley’s £200million rescue plan

DEBENHAMS is on the edge of going bust after lenders rejected a £200million rescue plan from Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley. The retailer, which employs around 25,000 staff, is expected to make an announcement later today. Getty Images – Getty Debenhams is expected to make an announcement about the future of the company later todayThe […]