The challenge of plenty: Tackling labour shortages in the EU

Unemployment in the EU is continuing to fall, with the rate approaching its 2008 low point. This is good news: the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment in the working age population is now in sight for many Member States. However, as unemployment reaches new lows, the opposite problem is emerging – labour shortages. With the regained dynamism of EU labour markets, employers in a number of Member...

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Go direct to get tax relief on work expenses

Nurses, hairdressers and construction workers are among millions of employees being urged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to go online and directly check if they can claim extra cash back. Employees could be missing out on their full tax relief entitlement for work-related expenses by using agencies rather than claiming online. Some 85 per cent of eligible taxpayers currently pay agents to...

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Platform work – Breaking barriers or breaking bad?

If you’ve ever ordered a taxi through an app, taken a pizza delivery from a guy on a bike or searched a website for a plumber to unblock your drain, you’ve probably witnessed platform work first hand. The ability to order a service online is quickly becoming a commonplace and platform work is clearly filling a gap in the market. But this way of working is challenging existing labour laws and...

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Stirling man proves there can be life after stroke

James couldn’t talk or walk at the time the stroke happened. His son, a trained first aider, immediately recognised he was having a stroke and dialled 999. James got to hospital quickly, received treatment fast and was transferred to a stroke unit. Given James had had a haemorrhagic stroke due to a bleed which was caused by high blood pressure, he wasn’t eligible for thrombolysis, a treatment...

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November sees largest petrol price drop in four years – but retailers still didn’t cut far enough

The price of petrol fell by more than 5p per litre in November, the biggest monthly drop since January 2015 and the first major price reduction since June as retailers finally reacted to falling wholesale prices. Data from RAC Fuel Watch* shows unleaded fell from 130.61p to 125.43p (down 5.18p) in November and diesel dropped 2.5p from 136.93p to 134.42p. Petrol at the end of November was back to...

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