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Skanska Set To Create 1,500 New Jobs In The UK
Skanska, one of the UK's leading construction companies, is planning to create around 1,500 jobs in the UK during the next two to three years. These will be required to complete major rail, water,…
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Government Unveils Eight Major New Renewables Projects, Supporting 8,500 Green Jobs

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photo by UO Power Shift 09
Eight major renewable electricity projects are unveiled as part of the government's world leading electricity reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

By 2020, the projects…

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Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 | 10:20pm

Lessons To Be Learned From Latest Job Figures - Sheffield Chamber


Sheffield Chamber of Commerce says lessons need to be learned from past mistakes to turn around disappointing employment figures.

While unemployment has fallen nationally to 6.9 per cent, job…

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Sat 19th Apr, 2014 | 4:51pm

People Are Not Celebrating An End To Their Cost Of Living Squeeze Yet

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Responding to the latest labour market figures published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"With wages increasing by just 1.7 per cent, barely enough to keep up with a…

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Wed 16th Apr, 2014 | 3:41pm

TUC Comments On Latest Inflation Figures

photo by Howard Lake
photo by Howard Lake
Commenting on today's (Tuesday) inflation figures, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Workers are now £40 a week worse off than before the crash.

"Those waiting to hail the first…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 2:15pm

Blacklisted Workers Should Seek Compensation Through Their Union


Blacklisted workers should use a special blacklisting 'hotline' set up by Unite in retaliation to construction employers who are attempting to launch a compensation scheme that has not been…

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Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 9:35am

'It's A Long Road To Mend Our Broken Careers System' - CBI

Rob Wall
Rob Wall
The CBI responded to new Government guidance advocating a greater role for employers in careers advice in schools.

Rob Wall, CBI head of education and employment policy, said:

"The new guidance…

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Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 8:59pm

UK Government Has Made The Wrong Move Over Coal, Says TUC

Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire
Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire
The government's refusal to fund a long-term rescue plan to help secure the future of the UK's coal-mining industry will cost 2,000 jobs and leave UK businesses and householders at the mercy of…

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Thu 10th Apr, 2014 | 4:35pm

Huge Spike In Engineering Vacancies Puts Sector On 'Red Alert'

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photo by photologue_np
Investment in infrastructure projects fuelling unprecedented demand for engineering professionals
'Brain drain' could seriously scupper feasibility of HS2 and other major projects
Governmen…

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Mon 7th Apr, 2014 | 4:25pm

Government Should Help Keep Threatened Coal Mines Open, Says TUC

Kellingley Colliery
Kellingley Colliery
Commenting on the government's reaction to the announcement by UK Coal that it is planning to close two of Britain's three remaining deep pit coal mines, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 4:21pm

Official Figures Show Living Standards Falling Despite The Recovery

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photo by erix!
Commenting on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) latest economic review published today (Wednesday) - which found that real wages have fallen by 7.6 per cent since 2008 and real household…

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Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 | 5:25pm

Hunt Treating NHS Workforce 'With Contempt' Over Pay


Jeremy Hunt was accused today (Tuesday 1 April) of treating the 1.3 million NHS workforce 'with contempt' by suggesting there would be further talks on pay - when his changes are taking effect…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 12:22pm

Nearly Half Of Jobs Pay Less Than Living Wage

people going to work - photo Ant Jackson
people going to work - photo Ant Jackson
In some parts of Britain nearly half the jobs are paying less than the living wage, the TUC reveals today (Tuesday) to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 12:06pm

Trade With Europe Is Vital For Jobs And Living Standards, Says TUC

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photo by photologue_np
Commenting on the report published today (Monday) by British Influence, which finds that over four million jobs in the UK today are dependent on exports to the European Union, TUC General…

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Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 8:50am

'Women Mean Business In Sheffield' Says Professor

Women mean business - photo by Victor1558
Women mean business - photo by Victor1558
Women in Sheffield are paid on average 9.6% less than their male counterparts doing work of equal value, a Sheffield Hallam University professor has found.

Dr Helen Richardson, professor of gender…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 8:58pm

TUC Welcomes Cap On Pension Charges But Is Concerned About Funding For Financial Advice

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photo by TaxCredits.net
Responding to Pensions Minister Steve Webb's announcement today (Thursday) of a cap on pension scheme charges, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The TUC has long called for a charge cap…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 4:15pm

Employment Minister Praises Hundreds Of HR Professionals Volunteering To Help Young Jobseekers Find Work

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photo by craftivist collective
Employment Minister Esther McVey has congratulated the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and Jobcentre Plus on the England-wide expansion of a free mentoring programme to…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 12:17pm

Wakefield Protest At Delay Into Inquiry Decision On 'Orgreave'

Orgreave coking plant
Orgreave coking plant
A demonstration in Wakefield will be held tomorrow (Friday 28 March) into the delay by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on whether it will launch a full inquiry into what…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 11:38am

Bosses Missing Out On Talent By Being Reluctant To Offer Flexible Working

Rush-Hour in Leeds photo by Carl Milner
Rush-Hour in Leeds photo by Carl Milner
Bosses are failing to get the most talented people for the job because they don't seriously considering flexible working hours, says recruitment firm, Benchmark. The firm says too many employers…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 11:16am

NUT Response To Michael Gove's Letter Re Talks Process

Michael Gove MP
Michael Gove MP
Commenting on the Secretary of State for Education's letter to teaching unions on the ongoing programme of talks, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 8:22am

Longest Fall In Living Standards Continues, Says TUC

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photo by Images_of_Money
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The longest fall in living standards…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 11:15pm

Pay Inequality Has Soared Across UK Since 2000

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photo by stuartpilbrow
Wage inequality has soared across London and the South East over the last 13 years according to new TUC analysis published today (Monday) to coincide with the beginning of the TUC's first Fair Pay…

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Mon 24th Mar, 2014 | 2:05pm

Local Government Workers To Be Consulted On Industrial Action, After 'Insulting' Pay Offer, Says Unite


Unite national officer for local government, Fiona Farmer said:
"This final offer falls well short of our aspirations and does not meet our goal for a £1 an hour increase across the board…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 11:12am

Jobs Fair Set To Open Doors For Unemployed

Dorena Stakes, Mac Thompson, Steve Seymour and Rukun Ahmed ahead of the jobs fair at Airedale Shopping Centre
Dorena Stakes, Mac Thompson, Steve Seymour and Rukun Ahmed ahead of the jobs fair at Airedale Shopping Centre
Doors are opening for a budding estate agent thanks to a young apprenticeship scheme which will be showcased at an upcoming jobs fair at Airedale Shopping Centre.

Mac Thompson from Keighley is…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 8:22pm

Internship Available At Blood Cancer Charity


National blood cancer support charity, Leukaemia CARE, is looking for its next student intern to join its busy fundraising department.

Leukaemia CARE supports anyone affected by blood cancer…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 1:51pm

Zero Hours Contracts Consultation Closes With Over 30,000 Responses


The 12 week consultation was launched in late December 2013 by Business Secretary Vince Cable, following a review of evidence on the extent of the use of zero hours contracts conducted last summer…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 2:12pm

Special Event For Next Generation Of Construction Workers

Apprentice plasterer Kwami Thompson, 20, who is urging other young people to follow him into the construction industry
Apprentice plasterer Kwami Thompson, 20, who is urging other young people to follow him into the construction industry
Young people in Leeds will find out how they can become the building and construction workers of the future at a special event this month. Youngsters from schools and colleges across the city…

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Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 | 4:02pm

Explosion In Food Bank Use Mars Jobless Figures Fall, Says Unite

Foodbank donations - photo NAVFAC
Foodbank donations - photo NAVFAC
Claims that economic recovery is on course with today's (Wednesday 16 April) fall in the jobless figures are marred by the fact that more than 900,000 received emergency food in the past year,…

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Wed 16th Apr, 2014 | 4:03pm

Unite Confirms That It Will Be Consulting NHS Members On Possible Strike Action


Unite, the country's largest union, confirmed today (Tuesday 15 April) that it will be consulting its 100,000 members in the health service over possible strike action over the 'divide and rule'…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 7:29pm

More Than Two In Five New Jobs Created Since Mid-2010 Have Been Self-Employed

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photo by Victor1558
Self-employment accounts for 44 per cent of the net rise in employment since mid- 2010, with pensioners, part-time workers and 'odd-jobbers' the fastest growing groups of Britain's new…

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Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 10:07am

Young Women Encouraged To Weigh Up A Career In Construction

 Rodillian Academy students at the WISE event
Rodillian Academy students at the WISE event
An event designed to engage and inspire young women to pursue apprenticeship opportunities in the built environment, construction and engineering sectors has been heralded as a huge success with…

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Sat 12th Apr, 2014 | 11:46am

Walmart Investment Could Create 12,000 Jobs In UK Over Five Years


This week Doug McMillon President and CEO of Walmart met with the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP at Asda's Clapham Junction store in London.

Mr McMillon, who recently took on the role of President and…

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Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 3:51pm

Information Sessions Get Residents Ready To Apply For Jobs

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photo by Waponi
Information sessions are being held to help people living in the Kirkstall area get ready to apply for new local jobs.

The sessions, which have been organised by Employment Leeds, are the latest…

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Tue 8th Apr, 2014 | 4:05pm

We Need A Europe That Puts People First, Says TUC


Speaking ahead of the New Path 4 Europe demonstration in Brussels today (Friday), TUC General Council spokesperson on Europe, and CWU General Secretary, Billy Hayes said:

"In all the sound and…

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Fri 4th Apr, 2014 | 3:33pm

One In Four Women Do Not Earn Enough To Benefit From Latest Personal Allowance Rise

photo by Howard Lake
photo by Howard Lake
One in four women do not earn enough to benefit from the latest rise in the income tax personal allowance, which increases from £9,440 to £10,000 this Sunday (6 April), according to a…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 11:57am

State Pension Top Ups: Pensions Can Be Increased By Up To 25 A Week

Pension top ups - photo: Images_of_Money
Pension top ups - photo: Images_of_Money
Pensioners and those who reach pension age in the next 2 years will be able to acquire up to £25 of additional State Pension a week under plans set out today (2 April 2014) by the Pensions…

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Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 | 5:10pm

Lord Warner's 'Conflict Of Interest' Over 10-A-Month NHS Fee Report, Says Unite

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photo by Images_of_Money
Lord Warner, the co-author of a report calling for a £10-a-month 'membership charge' to fund the NHS, has strong links to the private healthcare companies that would benefit from such a fee.

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 12:15pm

Full Employment Commitment Welcome, But More Must Be Done To Make Work Pay

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photo by opensourceway
Welcoming George Osborne's speech earlier on Monday, in which he said that a future Conservative government would be committed to achieving full employment, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 11:55am

University Employing Its Key Strengths In Survey


A UK student survey has seen Sheffield Hallam University maintain its top spot for employability for a second year running, whilst also sealing first place for careers advice from academics, the…

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Sat 29th Mar, 2014 | 1:20pm

June Forsyth
How The Bayford Foundation Is Transforming Lives
By June Forsyth
Features Writer
Transforming lives
Transforming lives
The pioneering Bayford Foundation - which has created 13 new jobs to date - has seen our inspirational graduates achieve things they could only previously dream of. Our deep rooted CSR ethos to…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 11:37am

An End To Rip-Off Pension Charges

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image by www.tradingacademy.com
Tough new measures announced by Pensions Minister Steve Webb today will ensure pension schemes deliver value for money for savers.
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They will end rip-off charges and ban hidden costs,…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 4:08pm

More Than 40,000 Budding Entrepreneurs Helped Off Benefits

Levi Roots
Levi Roots
More than 40,000 people have moved from claiming benefits to running their own business thanks to a government scheme that helps unemployed people turn their dreams of becoming their own boss into…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 11:56am

Clydesdale And Yorkshire Banks To Close 28 Branches


Unite, Britain's biggest union, has accused the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks of turning their backs on communities in England and Scotland with the closure of 28 bank branches.

The company has…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 9:37pm

Talented Teenage Chefs Reach The Finals Of The Golden Apron

 Jake Fawcett, James Mackenzie, Georgie Smithson-Brown and Oliver Robinson
Jake Fawcett, James Mackenzie, Georgie Smithson-Brown and Oliver Robinson
Three talented teenage chefs have reached the final of a prestigious cookery competition run jointly by a Michelin-starred chef and a leading cookery school.

The title of the Golden Apron 2014…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 10:39am

NUT National Strike Action

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photo by Joybot
On the 26 March the NUT will be taking national strike action in England and Wales. Marches and rallies will be held on the day, details of which can be seen here :…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 8:09am

Royal Mail's 'Ruthless' Job Cuts Could Provoke Industrial Action

photo by Cristiano Betta
photo by Cristiano Betta
Royal Mail managers have today (25 March 2014) warned the newly privatised postal service that its 'ruthless' proposals to slash jobs could result in them being left to consider industrial action.

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 10:11am

Hopkins Welcomes Latest Fall In Unemployment


Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins has welcomed confirmation that unemployment has fallen again in his constituency and across the country.

According to figures released by the…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 5:24pm

Economy Is Generating Jobs - But Too Many Are Insecure And Poorly Paid


Commenting on the latest labour market figures published this week, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The economy is generating jobs but too many are insecure and poorly paid.

"The…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 11:06am

Barnsley Industry Event To Boost Employability Skills Attracts Hundreds

Picking up skills for the future: L-R Latia Fearnley from I Know I Can, Elisia-Jo Gardiner, Megan Cousins, Jess Leech (careers lead, The Dearne ALC), Alisha Smith
Picking up skills for the future: L-R Latia Fearnley from I Know I Can, Elisia-Jo Gardiner, Megan Cousins, Jess Leech (careers lead, The Dearne ALC), Alisha Smith
Almost 800 pupils, parents and carers turned out at an industry day to find out what skills Barnsley employers want from school leavers.

Organised by Business in the Community (BITC) on behalf of…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 8:08pm

Yorkshire Ambulance Staff Prepare For Four More Strikes In Patient Safety Dispute

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photo by Police_Mad_Liam
Four more strikes have been called in the continuing dispute on patient and staff safety issues in the Yorkshire ambulance service, starting later this week.

Members of Unite, the country's…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 11:54am

ITUC Report Exposes Squalid Conditions Of Qatar's World Cup Workers


FIFA needs to get tough with the organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), as it publishes a report today (Sunday) exposing the squalid…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 12:36pm

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