ONS data shows another increase for self employment 18/07/2014 08:15
The PCG's Simon McVicker, director of policy and external affairs at the organisation for independent professional workers, has reacted to the latest Office for National Statistics employment data, which showed a rise in people who are self employed.
Record 73.1 per cent employment matched in latest stats16/07/2014 16:51
The UK employment rate has hit 73.1 per cent, according to the latest figures, matching a record level hit in 2005.
Official figures released today and covering March to May this year show that 920,000 more people were employed in this period than... more
DfE publishes online film on reforms 15/07/2014 16:45
An online film about recent education reforms has been published by the Department for Education.
'The school revolution' includes people in teaching jobs, heads, educationalists and governors who have been involved in bringing reforms in during... more
Business Champion for Older Workers named 14/07/2014 17:03
As part of action from the government to improve support for people over 50 in the world of work, Dr Ros Altmann CBE has just been announced as Business Champion for Older Workers.
The consumer champion, economist and expert on policy is taking on this... more
New competition for self employed people launches 02/07/2014 12:51
A new PCG competition has been launched to find the best self employed professionals in the country.
This is set to culminate in London awards ceremony this November featuring 15 finalists.
Called 15 for 15, the competition aims to help the best examples... more
Help to Buy has helped more than 35,000, stats show 01/07/2014 13:19
Kris Hopkins has welcomed Help to Buy's role in bringing about positive outcomes such as boosting construction jobs.
It came as he announced that more than 35,000 people had bought homes via one of the Help to Buy programmes.
Since its launch,... more
Gove approves nearly 40 new free schools23/06/2014 14:52
Michael Gove has just approved 38 more free schools - meaning there are now 331 such schools either already open or approved.
These schools are established by parents, people in teaching jobs or charities, off the back of local demand.
The newly announced... more
'Crucial for kids to understand running a business' says PCG CEO 20/06/2014 16:25
It's crucial that children at school know about running businesses, so they are prepared to become "the young self-employed professionals of tomorrow," PCG's Chris Bryce has said.
The chief executive officer of the organisation, which... more
Pensions minister talks 'vast untapped talent' of older workers 17/06/2014 17:11
A variety of government action has been described in a newly published plan themed around workers later in life.
The report was published earlier this month and discusses actions such as this month's extension of the right to ask for flexible working.
Close to 200,000 affordable homes delivered since April 2010 16/06/2014 15:52
The period since April of 2010, has seen close to 200,000 affordable homes delivered, according to recent official data.
Between April 2013 and March 2014, 41,654 affordable homes were started - that's 15 per cent more than had been started the year... more
Confidence to be self-employed 'spreading over workforce' 12/06/2014 16:29
There's a confidence to become self employed which is spreading throughout the workforce - something which is good for the economy.
That's the view of PCG economist Georgios Nikolaidis, reacting to the most recent Office for National Statistics... more
Biggest UK employment hike for 25 years announced 11/06/2014 17:25
UK employment numbers have gone up 780,000 year-on-year, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data. This is the largest yearly hike in employment for 25 years.
Figures covering February to April this year showed employment up... more
Govt publishes list of employers that didn't pay minimum wage 09/06/2014 16:57
A list of 25 employers who did not stick to National Minimum Wage rules has been released by the government, which says it has "named and shamed" them.
The group owes workers in excess of £43,000 in arrears between them, as well as having... more
New Economic Analysis released by PCG 06/06/2014 16:49
The economy is in the UK going the right way for the smallest businesses in the country, according to a new economic analysis from PCG.
The organisation, which represents people like contractors and other independent professionals, brought out its Economic... more
Help to Buy supporting new home building, says PM 04/06/2014 16:29
The prime minister has commented on how Help to Buy is supporting a rise in new home construction numbers.
"Help to Buy has helped thousands of hardworking people to buy a new home and crucially it is helping to increase the number of new homes... more
Eight new associations for Affordable Housing Guarantees Scheme 03/06/2014 14:09
Kris Hopkins, housing minister, has given word of eight more housing associations set to receive funding via the Affordable Housing Guarantees Scheme, adding to the eight already approved.
Together, this group has been forecast to borrow funding worth... more
Skipping breakfast impacts pupils' exam performance, say teachers 27/05/2014 17:18
Some 74 per cent of teachers thinks students' chances of concentrating fall when they've not eaten breakfast, recent research suggests.
The Kellogg’s research showed that 61 per cent of the people in teaching jobs questioned said kids would... more
Youth NEET numbers released 23/05/2014 16:24
Some 94.2 per cent of England's young people aged 16 and 17 are in training or education - a biggest comparable rate than has been recorded since 2001, when consistent records started, according to government stats.
The same figures - covering Q1... more
Literacy Trust launches World Cup reading kit 21/05/2014 12:47
Some 76 per cent of schools in the UK have expressed concern about boys not achieving their potential when it comes to reading, according to past research from the National Literacy Trust.
The Trust has now developed a World Cup toolkit. The aim is that... more
Higher Level 6 participation for Sats at age 11 20/05/2014 13:24
As those in primary teaching jobs will know, last week was home to Sats tests for England's 11-year olds.
Government figures show that 550,000 children at this age undertook the tests.
And the government has also announced that there's been... more
New home starts shoot up year-on-year 19/05/2014 17:14
New home starts shot up a third year-on-year in Q1 2014, the government has announced.
Some 36,450 fresh homes were started during the opening three months of this year, which was also an 11 per cent rise on the level seen in Q4 2013.
Stats show that... more