New STRB chair named 12/08/2014 17:03
The School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) - which advises government on conditions and pay for people in teaching jobs - has just had a new chair appointed, the government has announced.
New chair Dr Patricia Rice works for the University of... more
New studio schools and technical colleges planned 11/08/2014 16:33
A range of new university technical colleges are set to give young people the right skills to get "the high-tech jobs of the future," the chancellor has said.
It came as George Osborne announced proposals for seven new such colleges as well... more
Quarter of soon-to-be students 'want self-employment' 11/08/2014 12:51
One in four people who are about to begin their time at university (24 per cent) want to be self employed following graduation, recent stats show.
And 47 per cent say their desire for self employment has increased because of the recession and tricky... more
Close to 40,000 households have used Help to Buy 06/08/2014 17:05
Newly released official data shows 32,500 households have purchased new homes via Help to Buy equity loan and Help to Buy NewBuy - both of which cover only new builds.
Meanwhile 7,300 have bought through Help to Buy mortgage guarantee, according to the... more
David Hoare named as new Ofsted chair 05/08/2014 16:58
Starting next month, David Hoare is set to become the new Ofsted chair, replacing Baroness Sally Morgan in this role at the organisation well-known to those in teaching jobs.
The appointment was announced by Nicky Morgan, the recently appointed... more
Nearly 60% of contractors are confident about economy29/07/2014 16:33
The last Freelance Confidence Index, put together by PCG, has shown that most UK contractors are confident about the state of the economy.
Some 59.4 per cent of those who participated in the survey said that they expected Britain to do well in economic... more
Higher tax band could affect contractors29/07/2014 16:31
Contractors could be dragged into higher tax bands as the number of people paying this rate is expected to grow.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts that some 4.6 million people will pay tax at the 40 per cent rate by 2014-15, a figure... more
Positive news for construction workers 22/07/2014 13:26
There's been a lot of positive news out there for construction workers in recent months.
For example, at the tail end of last month, the National House Building Council (NHBC) revealed that it had handled 37,975 new home registrations in March to... more
Academy heads voted to RSCs headteacher boards 21/07/2014 14:02
A range of the Secretary of State's responsibilities are being given to new regional schools commissioners (RSCs), who are set to do things like accepting applications for the creation of academy schools and take on other tasks linked to these institutions.
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