Future of Work

Two in three employers either opposed to or in dark about apprenticeship levy

New research reveals that, although the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy is likely to boost the overall number of apprenticeships, it risks undermining overall apprenticeship quality and wider investment in workforce training and development. The research from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, is based on two large employer surveys and in-depth interviews […]

UK manufacturing grows at fastest rate for four years but not out of woods yet

UK manufacturing output grew at the fastest pace for nearly four years in April, according to official figures. Manufacturing output grew by 2.3% in April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, the biggest monthly rise since July 2012. The wider measure of industrial output increased by 2.0%, also the biggest rise since July 2012. The […]

Twitter considered buying ailing Yahoo – potential buyers still circling

Twitter’s management held talks with Yahoo about a possible deal, it was reported, while it was separately noted that private equity firms eyeing Yahoo’s assets are being squeezed by tech players such as AT&T. Second round bids for Yahoo’s core internet business are due this week, and a winner could be selected in early July. […]

RMT Union furious over managers’ celebration of closure of ticket offices

A leading rail union has attacked the “disgusting and obscene” spectacle of transport managers celebrating the closure of London Underground ticket offices. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said nearly 50 senior managers attended a black-tie dinner at a Mayfair club to mark the completion of the closure of hundreds of Tube ticket offices. […]

Sports Direct Chief Mike Ashley to appear before MPs on June 7

MPs have told Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley he has to give evidence next month on his firm’s work practices. The Business Select Committee has been trying to quiz Mr Ashley for months about working practices, including the use of zero hours contracts. He has been refusing to appear before the committee, but in a […]

Microsoft to cut off its smartphone workers as it scales back

Microsoft has announced plans to cut up to 1,850 jobs as part of efforts to scale back its smartphone business. The firm also said it would post a $950m (£646m) writedown, part of which is to cover redundancy payments. A union official suggested the firm had cancelled plans to manufacture further handsets of its own, […]