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Workers in Wirral begin 48-hour walkout in bid to protect 300 jobs

Staff at Land Registry office in Birkenhead picketed outside building as they held a two-day strike.
May 15th, 2014|Industry News|

Unemployment in the UK: regional breakdown

Unemployment in the UK: regional breakdown

The UK unemployment rate drops to 7.1 per cent, the Office for National Statistics reveals.

The UK unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 per cent.
The number of people out of work fell by 167,000 to 2.32 million in the three months to November, the Office for National Statistics said.

Region / Total unemployed / Change on quarter / Unemployment rate
North East / 134,000 / plus 1,000 / 10.3%
North West / 270,000 / minus 24,000 / 7.9%
Yorkshire/Humber / 235,000 / minus 8,000 / 8.4%
East Midlands / 149,000 / minus 28,000 / 6.4%
West Midlands / 222,000 / minus 32,000 / 8.1%
East of England / 178,000 / minus 7,000 / 5.7%
London / 354,000 / minus 18,000 / 8.1%
South East / 244,000 / minus 29,000 / 5.3%
South West / 187,000 / plus 15,000 / 6.8%
Wales / 108,000 / minus 12,000 / 7.2%
Scotland / 176,000 / minus 25,000 / 6.4%
Northern Ireland / 63,000 / plus 1,000 / 7.3%

January 22nd, 2014|Industry News|

Lawyers protesting outside courts over legal aid cuts

Thousands of criminal case lawyers are not attending courts in a number of cities in England and Wales, in protest at planned £220m cuts to legal aid.
January 6th, 2014|Industry News|

Remaining employees pose tribunal threat to businesses

Trend of employees bringing claims for stress against their employers
December 10th, 2013|Industry News|

SRA plans to waive £80 fee for LPC students

Students enrolling on a legal practice course (LPC) next September will no longer have to pay the Solicitors Regulation Authority an £80 registration fee – a move which could cost the SRA £680,000 per year.

The proposal to end the formal registration process, due for to be approved tomorrow, follows the SRA’s red-tape cutting initiative announced earlier this year. It appears in the SRA’s Training for Tomorrow: Regulations Review consultation, part of an immediate review into regulatory requirements for education and training.

The regulator says that only 3% of the 9,000 students it enrols each year require an assessment of suitability and that ‘a more targeted, proportionate and efficient way of identifying character and suitability issues’ should replace the current process.

If approved, formal registration will be replaced by a requirement for students to notify the regulator that the period of training has commenced and when it is expected to conclude.

Loss in income from registration fees would be offset by administrative savings, the SRA said.

The SRA is not at this stage changing the requirements to complete an academic course and an LPC. Proposals to overhaul this route will not come into force until 2017/2018 at the earliest, the regulator said in [...]

November 27th, 2013|Industry News|

Unemployment falls to three year low – but more people than ever are working part-time

Today’s figures show almost 30 million people are in employment, but a record number are working part-time because they cannot find full-time jobs.

The number of people in work has reached an all-time high of almost 30 million, but a record number are working part-time because they cannot find full-time jobs.

Today’s figures showed the employment total is the highest since records began in 1971, with a huge increase of 177,000 between the three months to June and the quarter to September.

At the same time, unemployment fell by 48,000 to 2.47 million, the lowest since the spring of 2011.

The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance was cut for the 12th month in a row in October, down by 41,700 to 1.31 million, the lowest for almost five years.

The number of people classed as economically inactive, including those looking after a sick relative, or people who have given up looking for work, also fell – down by 69,000 to 8.92 million.

But other data from the Office for National Statistics showed 1.46 million people were working part-time because they could not find a full-time job, an increase of 24,000 over the quarter, and the highest figure since records began in 1992.

Almost a [...]

November 13th, 2013|Industry News|

HMRC pledges new crackdown on employers not paying minimum wage

Letters will warn suspected firms of being ‘named and shamed’ and fined £5,000 if they use long-term unpaid interns

The government will toughen enforcement against employers who do not pay the national minimum wage today when it writes to hundreds of companies warning them they could be targeted for on-the-spot checks by the taxman.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will warn 200 businesses who have advertised placements for unpaid intern-ships that they could be “publicly named and shamed” and may be liable for a £5,000 fine if they are found to be in breach of national minimum wage laws.

The move will coincide with the launch of a national campaign to educate students about their employment rights as they enter the job market.

HMRC said that from the tax year in April, it had issued penalties to 466 employers, a significant rifrom 2009/10 when just 381 employers were issued with an HMRC penalty for not paying the minimum wage, currently at £6.31 for those aged 21 and over.

Business, Innovation and Skills minister for employment, Jo Swinson said there was “increasing concern” around unpaid internships especially in the current economic climate.

“Those occasions when you have people working for months on end for free, [...]

November 12th, 2013|Industry News|

Stay in Liverpool, McVey urges young people.

As jobless figures rise on Merseyside, Minister says people can be part of Liverpool’s renaissance.

Stay in Liverpool and be part of the renaissance of a “maverick” city, new employment minister Esther McVey urged young people across Merseyside.

The Wirral West Conservative MP – one of the biggest winners in last week’s reshuffle – was confronted with unemployment figures showing the number of jobless aged 16-plus in the North West has jumped by 24,000, climbing to 294,000 for the three months to August.The overall unemployment rate has gone up from 7.8% to 8.6%.Ms McVey acknowledged the situation was “tough” but insisted that young people who are asking whether they should stay in the city could play a major role in its transformation.

Describing her own background running a business office providing space for start-up companies, she said: “I had a lot of graduates from Liverpool University come to work for me because they loved the city. So I would totally say, if you buy into that city and you love that city, because it is fantastic, do stay there and be a part of the renaissance.” The employment minister also acknowledged that these were not easy times for people who had been [...]

October 17th, 2013|Industry News|

Unemployment in the UK dropped to 7.7%

The rate of unemployment in the UK dropped to 7.7% between May and July from 7.8% in the previous three months.
The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said that interest rates are unlikely to be raised before the rate falls to 7%.

The number of people unemployed fell 24,000 in the period to 2.487 million.

The official figures also showed the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell 32,600 to 1.402 million, its lowest level since February 2009.

However, the number of people in part-time work rose to 1.45 million, the highest since records began in 1992 and double the number of five years ago.

Almost a third of men working part-time were doing so because they could not find full-time employment. The corresponding figure for women was 13.5%.
Information taken from BBC.

September 14th, 2013|Industry News, Latest News|