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    Workers happy to take pay cut to avoid the office

    2020-08-20T09:22:28Z

    Office workers in the UK would happy to take a £2,665 pay cut if it meant they didn't have to return to the office, according to a new report. The survey of 3,000 employees, conducted by Insolvency Support, found that more than a third (36%) say they will be ...

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    40% of shoppers ditching stores with poor social distancing signage

    2020-08-20T09:01:03Z

    Image: Vistaprint More than 40% of UK shoppers have stopped visiting stores that have unclear signage on social distancing, according to the findings of a European study of 2,500+ shoppers from Roland DG. The study reveals that clear signage has a significant impact on shopper confidence. More than 80% ...

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    Covid spikes cashless payments

    2020-08-20T08:49:15Z

    Safety measures imposed by Covid-19 guidelines have resulted in a spike in cashless and digital payments in recent months, according to a new report. Payments company Square's findings showed that fewer than one in four payments have been made by cash during the lockdown period, around half of pre-Covid levels. ...

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    Apple becomes $2 trillion company

    2020-08-20T08:27:23Z

    Apple has become the first US company to be valued at $2 trillion (£1.5 trillion), two years after it became the first to reach $1tn. The tech giant's share price rose to $467.77 on Wednesday, pushing it over the $2tn landmark. It isn't the first company to reach the milestone, ...

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    80% of SMEs confident of Covid recovery despite gloomy outlook

    2020-08-17T15:04:30Z

    Four in five (80%) UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are confident they will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research conducted by Starling Bank and the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The survey of more than 300 UK SMEs across a range of sectors also found that two-thirds (68%) ...

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    Employers support minimum wage rise

    2020-08-17T12:00:06Z

    More than half of employers in the UK support the idea of increasing minimum wage but are urging the government to help businesses adapt to a higher wage floor, according to a new study. The report, conducted by Learning and Work Institute and Carnegie UK Trust, found that employers do ...

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    Second self-employed support grants open

    2020-08-17T08:27:33Z

    Millions of self-employed workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic can now apply for a second support grant from the government. It is believed more than three million people are likely to be eligible for the grant of up to £6,750. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said this would be the final payout ...

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    Holiday bookings surge for 2021

    2020-08-13T10:55:37Z

    There are "encouraging signs" for the holiday industry in 2021, travel firm Tui has said after it reported a surge in bookings for next year. The UK's largest tour operator said bookings for next summer were up a "very promising" 145%. It comes as Tui posted a €1.1 billion (£955m) ...

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    Shoppers to avoid stores on Black Friday

    2020-08-13T08:43:09Z

    An overwhelming majority of shoppers in the UK are currently planning to avoid stores on Black Friday due to fears over Coronavirus. A study conducted by Contentsquare of 1,000 people found that 91% will be not be shopping in physical stores on the big discount day. There is also a ...

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    UK enters official recession

    2020-08-12T08:06:48Z

    The UK economy has officially entered a recession after contracting for the second consecutive quarter. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the UK economy shrank by 20.4% between April and June compared with the first three months of the year - the biggest drop on record. Sparked by the ...

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    Staff trust employers to make workplace safe

    2020-08-10T10:48:34Z

    Nearly three quarters of workers in the UK trust their employer to create a safe and healthy workplace as they return following the Covid-19 pandemic. A survey, conducted by Kronos Incorporated, also found that 92% of workers are at least "a little" comfortable with their employer running a contact tracing ...

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    Third of businesses expect to make redundancies

    2020-08-10T09:14:35Z

    A third of employers in the UK expect to make redundancies between July and September, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the recruiter Adecco, showed a 50% surge in the number of businesses looking to make job cuts ...

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    Business confidence on the up

    2020-08-06T09:31:50Z

    depositphotos https://depositphotos.com/search/support.html?qview=156763332 Business confidence is starting to bounce back following the easing of lockdown measures, according to managed services provider eacs. Nearly two-thirds of businesses surveyed reported that they were busier than usual in June, a 17% rise on the figures reported in March. And only a third of ...

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    Job adverts down 47%

    2020-08-06T08:50:15Z

    The number of job adverts dropped by nearly half in July compared with last year, according to CV-Library. It total, there were 47% fewer jobs advertised during the month as hiring crashed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there was cause for some optimism, with the number of ...

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    Pandemic recession 'not as bad' as feared

    2020-08-06T08:29:49Z

    The economic recession won't be as bad as initially forecast but will take longer to recover from, the Bank of England has said. The central bank says it now expects the UK economy to shrink 9.5% in 2020, compared with its earlier forecast of 14%. It will still be the ...

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    Workers 'still need to take leave'

    2020-08-03T11:15:01Z

    Businesses must urge their employees to take annual leave to avoid burnout, even if they don't leave the country, according to The Myers-Briggs Company. The business psychology organisation has warned that those still working remotely may be facing more pressure to be seen as working hard. With quarantine restrictions on ...

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    Employers 'could do more' to tackle climate crisis, workers say

    2020-08-03T10:04:58Z

    Three quarters of office workers in the UK believe their employers could 'do more' to be more environmentally friendly and tackle the climate crisis. As some workers start to make their way back to the workplace after months of working from home, a study of 2,000 office workers found that ...

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    Pandemic boosts love of small businesses

    2020-08-03T08:59:23Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in support and awareness of small businesses in the UK, according to new research. A study conducted by Small Business Britain and BT Skills For Tomorrow found that 64% of small business owners have experienced a rise in support in some ...

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    BT launches major new drive to support the UK’s 5.8M small businesses

    2020-07-31T11:33:39Z

    BT today announced an unprecedented package of support to help the UK’s 5.8m small businesses get better positioned for recovery and growth following the coronavirus outbreak and as they prepare for a post-Brexit future. Today’s launch of BT’s Small Business Support Scheme sees the company introduce a range of new ...

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    Worker anxiety soars 240%

    2020-07-24T07:00:28Z

    Anxiety among workers in the UK has rocketed over the past year, according to employee engagement experts, Inpulse. The research, which includes views of 3,441 UK employees, shows that anxiety is the most dominant negative emotion at work and has risen 240% in the past 12 months. Stress is another ...