Future of Work

Young worker

Young people to benefit from major investment in careers and enterprise provision

A new fund has been created to increase the number of encounters young people aged 11-18 have with employers while in education which, according to research[i], dramatically reduces their chances of becoming NEET and increases future salary by on average 18%. Despite this evidence, currently only 40% of schools offer employer engagement to young people […]

Cyber security career

UK government kicks off cyber security careers initiative

A new government backed initiative to encourage young people into careers in cyber security kicked off at this week’s Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. The campaign introduces the Digital Defenders – a team of ‘superheroes’ called Crypto Shield, […]

Budget living standards

Budget downgrade will lead to falling wages and lower living standards

Britain faces a period of falling wages and lower living standards following the Budget downgrade of the economic forecasts, a leading economic think-tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the revisions set out by George Osborne in the Commons had implications for the wider economy as well as the public finances. The […]

Coding Women Business

Coding an increasingly popular career choice for women says new research

The UK tech talent shortage derives not only from a scarcity of developers but also from misguided recruiters, according to a new global report published by the world’s largest website for developers Stack Overflow, in which the UK was the second largest group represented after the US. The report is based on the largest and […]


Business placing apprenticeships at heart of employee engagement plans

New research released to mark National Apprenticeship Week( NAW) has found businesses place apprentices at the heart of their plans to rise to the top and rank hiring the right staff as the most important factor in helping them grow. [1] Seven top companies are announcing major commitments to apprenticeships to coincide with NAW, including […]

Gender equality

Only one in four firms looking at gender pay differences in workplace

Only one in four employers studies gender pay differences among their staff, new research has shown. A survey of 1,000 employers found that larger firms were more likely to analyse the pay of men and women. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said its study showed firms were uncertain about the timescale for planned […]


Ryanair’s Irish boss pledges campaign for UK to remain in the EU

Ryanair has pledged to actively campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union at the upcoming referendum. Michael O’Leary, chief executive of the no-frills airline, claimed that Brexit would not allow the country to save money or reduce bureaucracy. Irishman O’Leary told a press conference in central London: “As the UK’s largest airline, […]

House of Commons

Government admits defeat on relaxing Sunday trading laws after Commons vote

The Government has dropped plans to extend Sunday trading hours after suffering a humiliating Commons defeat at the hands of Tory rebels, Labour and the SNP. Some 27 Conservatives joined forces with opposition parties to defeat the proposals by a margin of 317 to 286. Ministers had engaged in increasingly desperate efforts to head off […]