Employment

Is Universal Credit fit for purpose?
In Focus

Is Universal Credit fit for purpose?

The system was designed to make claiming simpler - but critics say it creates ‘misery’
19 Jan 2021
Who is bearing the brunt of Covid-19 job losses?
In Brief

Who is bearing the brunt of Covid-19 job losses?

Studies reveal pandemic’s impact on the UK’s youngest, oldest and disabled workers
27 Oct 2020
Revealed: best and worst places in the UK to work from home
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In Brief

Revealed: best and worst places in the UK to work from home

Yorkshire spa town tops new index as biggest cities trail behind
21 Oct 2020
Kickstart scheme: the plan to get young people back in work
Kickstart scheme
In Brief

Kickstart scheme: the plan to get young people back in work

Newly published figures show that a record 538,000 under-25s are claiming Universal Credit
2 Sep 2020
Tory MPs warn Rishi Sunak against ‘historic tax grab’
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In Depth

Tory MPs warn Rishi Sunak against ‘historic tax grab’

Conservative MPs claim planned hikes will ‘strangle’ economy as debt rockets
1 Sep 2020
More than 730,000 jobs axed during lockdown
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In Depth

More than 730,000 jobs axed during lockdown

Newly published ONS data reveals largest drop in UK employment in decade, with youngest and oldest worst hit
11 Aug 2020
Sombre autumn: third of UK firms expect to make redundancies
Job Centre UK
In Depth

Sombre autumn: third of UK firms expect to make redundancies

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns of hardship ahead when furlough scheme ends
10 Aug 2020

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135,000 jobs to be axed in ‘economic armageddon'
WHSmith has announced major staff cuts
In Brief

135,000 jobs to be axed in ‘economic armageddon'

Retail sector expected to see at least 22,500 jobs disappear
6 Aug 2020
Ending UK furlough scheme ‘may cost 1.2m jobs’
Rishi Sunak
In Brief

Ending UK furlough scheme ‘may cost 1.2m jobs’

Experts say keeping wage subsidy programme ‘might have paid for itself’ by preventing redundancies
29 Jul 2020
Coronavirus: over-55s main victims of employment crisis
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In Brief

Coronavirus: over-55s main victims of employment crisis

Older workers are shouldering the burden of pandemic job losses and pay cuts
29 Jul 2020
Coronavirus job losses: what help can you claim?
Job centre
In Depth

Coronavirus job losses: what help can you claim?

Number of people on unemployment benefit per vacancy increases fivefold
28 Jul 2020
Up to £10bn of Sunak’s £30bn Covid package was ‘old money’
Rishi Sunak
In Brief

Up to £10bn of Sunak’s £30bn Covid package was ‘old money’

IFS says chancellor’s spin on recycled cash is ‘corrosive to public trust’
17 Jul 2020
Will Sunak’s £30bn package stave off summer of discontent?
Rishi Sunak
In Depth

Will Sunak’s £30bn package stave off summer of discontent?

Chancellor slashes stamp duty and VAT as total bill for coronavirus relief soars above annual health spend
9 Jul 2020
Sunak to spend £2bn to help young beat Covid jobs crisis
Rishi Sunak
In Depth

Sunak to spend £2bn to help young beat Covid jobs crisis

Chancellor also expected to announce stamp duty ‘holiday’ and VAT cut in bid to boost post-lockdown economy
8 Jul 2020
UK firms axe at least 10,000 staff in two days
Job centre
In Brief

UK firms axe at least 10,000 staff in two days

Many thousands of further redundancies are expected
2 Jul 2020
Donald Trump’s skilled immigrant visa ban hits Brits
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In Brief

Donald Trump’s skilled immigrant visa ban hits Brits

US president has suspended entry to skilled workers including bankers, IT experts and doctors
24 Jun 2020
What is quantitative easing?
Bank of England
In Depth

What is quantitative easing?

Bank of England expands crisis programme to £300bn amid coronavirus chaos
19 Jun 2020
Housing market bounces back with 137% increase in sales
UK housing market
In Brief

Housing market bounces back with 137% increase in sales

Experts warn that backlog after lockdown freeze may be causing ‘temporary jump’
10 Jun 2020
Coronavirus: why are stocks markets booming?
New York Stock Exchange reopens
In Depth

Coronavirus: why are stocks markets booming?

Analysts offer wealth of explanations for disconnect between Wall Street and the high street
1 Jun 2020
The jobs most at risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19
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In Depth

The jobs most at risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19

As Brits begin heading back to work, some are facing far greater health risks than others
20 May 2020
What would a UK ‘recession to end all recessions’ look like?
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In Depth

What would a UK ‘recession to end all recessions’ look like?

Chancellor warns UK is set for ‘unprecedented’ economic downturn as result of pandemic
14 May 2020
UK facing ‘significant recession’, chancellor warns
Rishi Sunak
In Brief

UK facing ‘significant recession’, chancellor warns

Rishi Sunak predicts tough times ahead as survey suggests one in three businesses may go under
13 May 2020
How long can Britain afford the furloughing scheme?
Rishi Sunak
In Depth

How long can Britain afford the furloughing scheme?

Analysts say total cost of coronavirus job retention programme may hit £100bn by autumn
13 May 2020
Housing market reopens - but what will happen to prices?
UK housing market
In Depth

Housing market reopens - but what will happen to prices?

Buyers get green light to view properties as estate agents return to work
13 May 2020
Virgin Atlantic seeking investors to avoid collapse
Virgin Atlantic
In Brief

Virgin Atlantic seeking investors to avoid collapse

Airline meeting with private equity firms as talks over government bailout continue
11 May 2020
Italy to grant 600,000 illegal migrants right to stay
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In Brief

Italy to grant 600,000 illegal migrants right to stay

Plan prompted by labour shortages amid coronavirus lockdown
7 May 2020
Coronavirus: will the pandemic change our economic system?
UK economy
In Depth

Coronavirus: will the pandemic change our economic system?

Long-term effects expected to include more government debt and fewer calls for privatisation
6 May 2020
Reaction: half of UK adults ‘being bankrolled’ by government
Chancellor Rishi Sunak
In Depth

Reaction: half of UK adults ‘being bankrolled’ by government

Chancellor warns that cost of furlough scheme is not sustainable
5 May 2020
British economy ‘collapsing’ as confidence falls
Britain's high street retailers are in crisis
In Depth

British economy ‘collapsing’ as confidence falls

Hopes dashed that the economy will recover swiftly
4 May 2020
Is a Covid-19 global recession now inevitable?
Steep losses on Wall Street have caused global stock market slump
In Depth

Is a Covid-19 global recession now inevitable?

Eurozone shrinking as US GDP falls at sharpest rate since the 2008 financial crisis
30 Apr 2020
The sectors still recruiting during the coronavirus lockdown
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In Depth

The sectors still recruiting during the coronavirus lockdown

As economists warn of rising unemployment, which companies are still hiring?
27 Apr 2020
Coronavirus lockdown hits young, low-paid, and women worst
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In Depth

Coronavirus lockdown hits young, low-paid, and women worst

A new study has revealed that the industries most affected by the economic shutdown employ some of the most vulnerable members of society
6 Apr 2020
Amazon worker fired amid strike over coronavirus protection
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In Brief

Amazon worker fired amid strike over coronavirus protection

Calls for hazard pay after multiple employees test positive for coronavirus
1 Apr 2020
Carluccio’s and BrightHouse collapse as coronavirus bites
Antonio Carluccio
In Brief

Carluccio’s and BrightHouse collapse as coronavirus bites

Outbreak the ‘final nail in the coffin’ for both brands
31 Mar 2020