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Total self employed numbers rise quarter-on-quarter

22/04/2015 11:59
New figures about the UK's self employed people have been released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), as part of its UK Labour Market report for this month. Covering December to February, they show 4,523,000 people self employed - 3,000...   more

Employment hits 73.4 per cent for the UK

17/04/2015 12:27
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just revealed the UK Labour Market statistics covering the three month period up to the end of February, and showing that the employment rate was the highest seen in comparable records, at 73.4 per cent, in...   more

Miliband plans unpaid internship ban

17/04/2015 08:39
Later on Friday‚Äč (April 17th) opposition leader Ed Miliband is going to be launching his party's Manifesto for Young People, ahead of May 7th - when the UK will take part in a General Election. Speaking in Lincoln, one of the issues he...   more

One in three office workers 'stick to the same lunch daily'

16/04/2015 11:13
There's little variation at lunch time for 32 per cent of people who work in offices - they eat the same thing for their midday meal throughout the working week, new research suggests, and some 60 per cent only change the menu rarely. The cheese...   more

What would be in the ultimate office?

15/04/2015 12:04
Two in ten office workers say the decor in their office hasn't been changed since the 1980s, according to recent research. The Furniture at Work poll among 2,000 people who currently work in offices, discovered that four in ten say Google's HQ...   more

Parents rate 'qualities' over qualifications for child's future

14/04/2015 14:26
Seven in ten parents say so-called 'life skills' are going to make their child go further in their life, compared to more academic types of skill. Meanwhile, 75 per cent think qualities beat qualifications where their offspring's future is...   more

Home registrations up 25 per cent says NHBC

09/04/2015 11:51
In February the NHBC saw 11,734 new homes registered, it has announced - that's up by a quarter, year-on-year. December to February saw 36,505 registrations, 23 per cent up on the same period a year previously. For February 2015 alone, 9,209 homes...   more

April 1st brings changes in tax rules

02/04/2015 12:00
Tax authority HMRC has provided a helpful overview of a range of new tax changes. The much-discussed Corporation Tax cut to 20 per cent, and a raising of the threshold for VAT registration - now at £82,000 - are among the changes that have come...   more

New government plans announced for teachers

01/04/2015 11:45
Shortly before Parliament was dissolved prior to May's election, the government announced some plans for people in teaching jobs. It wants to support a new college of teaching being created, and to begin a new fund linked to professional development,...   more

DfE releases school absence data

27/03/2015 11:47
Persistent school absentee numbers have fallen to a new low in England. Department of Education (DfE) figures released this week show 200,000 fewer pupils were persistently absent in 2013/14, compared to five years previously. Persistent absence means...   more

Official stats show 33,000 more self employed

26/03/2015 11:51
An additional 33,000 people in the UK were self employed in November 2014 to January 2015, compared to the same period twelve months earlier. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has estimated, in its most recent UK Labour Market report, that this...   more

Employment rate hits 73.3 per cent

24/03/2015 11:50
Last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released new UK Labour Market stats, showing a 73.3 per cent employment rate. This is a higher rate than has been recorded since 1971 - the year comparable records go back to. Some 30,94 million people...   more

People with STEM A Levels earn more, report shows

23/03/2015 11:27
When they have at least two A levels in so-called STEM subjects, men earn 7.8 per cent more and women 33.1 per cent more, a new report commissioned by the Department for Education shows. The earnings difference is in comparison to if someone didn't...   more

BIS gives word of Minimum Wage rises

18/03/2015 14:44
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has just given word of the latest rises for National Minimum Wage. Adults earning Minimum Wage will get £6.70 per hour after the changes (currently they get £6.50). Apprentices will...   more

Danny Alexander launches business rates review

17/03/2015 11:54
Speaking in Cambridge, Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, has launched a new review of business rates. The Treasury reports that the review will focus on things like: lessons from business taxes in other parts of the world, the ways...   more

New help for returning science and maths teachers

12/03/2015 11:56
People who have had teaching jobs in science and maths subjects in the past, but don't any more, are being given special help to get them into teaching again. They will soon have the chance to register for special support, like application advice...   more

New Budget speech on March 18th

11/03/2015 11:58
In a few days, George Osborne is set to announce a new Budget. In advance of the announcement, planned for March 18th, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has highlighted several things it wants the Budget to cover. more

Tech sector comes top in list of inspirational SMEs

10/03/2015 17:00
SMEs in the tech sector have seen top performance between 2010 and 2014, with an annual growth revenue of 350 per cent over the four-year period.  The London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report - which named the...   more

22% of small businesses 'boosted staff numbers in past year'

09/03/2015 14:04
Close to one in four SMEs (22 per cent) have brought in more staff during the past year, the latest Small Business Survey shows. This Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) research questioned over 4,250 small businesses which have one employee...   more

Self employed Twitter chat announced

24/02/2015 15:14
Why did you decide to be a freelancer? And what would you tell someone who wanted to do the same? These are two of nine interesting questions that the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) wants people to engage with as...   more

IPSE chief exec talks election

23/02/2015 15:38
With the General Election approaching, political parties need to improve the commitments they're making to support for independent professionals, according to the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed...   more