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Thousands of Christmas jobs on offer at Royal Mail and Amazon

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:21 -- nick

Amazon and Royal Mail are to create 32,000 temporary jobs between them over the Christmas period.

Giant online retailer Amazon needs 13,000 staff for its eight distribution warehouses across the country to meet the seasonal demand for presents.

Those who are interested can click here for the Amazon careers site.

The company has been criticised for avoiding paying enough UK tax, with some sales made here routed through other countries.

Employment market tails off and salaries go south again

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 12:42 -- nick

The number of permanent jobs is on the wain again, according to a new report.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs found that the number of long-term placements rose at its slowest rate for ten months, suggesting that the economic 'recovery' may be losing steam.

Salaries too tailed off, growing at their slowest rate for four months as the squeeze on living standards continued.

More than half of UK citizens concerned about unemployment

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 13:00 -- nick

More than half of people in the UK are still concerned about a lack of job opportunities, a survey has shown.

The study, by Pew Global, found that 54% of people believe unemployment is a major problem in the country.

This is higher than the 46% of those who believe that inflation is a big concern, suggesting that the Bank of England's favouring of low prices over jobs is not backed up by the public.

Iain Duncan Smith hiding failings of Universal Credit, say MPs

Tue, 19/08/2014 - 12:36 -- nick

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of trying to hide his failings - by an influential group of MPs.

Smith publicly 'reset' his £2.4 billion Universal Credit scheme after hundreds of millions of pounds of development spending had to be written off.

But the Public Accounts Committee says this was simply a way of trying to stop scrutiny of its problems and to hide them away.

Women bear the brunt of work and unemployment problems - report

Mon, 18/08/2014 - 13:40 -- nick

Women have borne the brunt of the recession, according to the Fawcett Society, a female-specialist representative organisation.

Although the government has pushed an idea that the UK is coming out of recession, critics have shown that only those who already have the most are really benefitting.

Unemployment to fall to 5.6% by end of 2015 - economists

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 11:34 -- nick

Unemployment will fall to 5.6% by the end of next year from its current 6.5%, according to a group of economists.

The Item Club believes the UK's growth will be higher than any other rich economy's, creating more jobs and ensuring worklessness falls.

Criticisms of the way the coalition has managed the country's finances will be swept away, with over-spending falling and companies starting to release some of their huge cash stocks.

Peter Spencer, chief economic adviser to the Item Club, said:

Coalition benefit cuts mean 'unacceptable' poverty is increasing, says Oxfam

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 13:29 -- nick

The coalition's benefit cuts have pushed 1.75 million more people into even deeper poverty, according to a new report.

The study, by Oxfam and NPI, shows that the drop in the value of benefits, increased by less than inflation, and direct cuts to housing benefit and council tax benefit have meant some of the UK's poorest citizens have got worse off under the current government.

This group has seen a cut in their overall incomes and struggle to afford life's basics including food and energy.

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