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Landmark day for State Pension gender equality

From Tuesday women in the UK will begin to qualify for their state pensions at the same age as men – currently 65. The move to equalise male and female pension ages began 25 years ago, under John Major’s government, and has been gradually phased in. Women who are 65 on 6 November will therefore […]

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‘Real Living Wage’ rises to £9 an hour

Those lucky enough to work for an employer who has voluntarily signed up to the “real living wage” are set for a 2.8% pay rise this week. For the first time they will receive £9 an hour. This is not to be confused with the compulsory National Living Wage, which is currently £7.83 an hour […]

Debt

Self Employed face high debt levels says charity

The tendency for more and more workers to become self-employed is leaving thousands of people deeply in debt, according to a charity. The Money Advice Trust said that nearly a quarter of those contacting them last year had debts of more than £30,000. The Trust, which runs Business Debtline, also said just under half of […]

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Ikea looks set to open more small stores in the UK

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea looks set to roll out its smaller city centre store format after seeing a positive response to its first outlet in London. UK boss Javier Quinones said the London shop was a “learning experiment” but its success meant the format was likely to expand to other UK cities. The concept allows […]

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Digital Transformation set to shift from theory to reality in next 12 months thanks to AI and Robotics

Dimension Data Tech Trends 2019 report identifies fundamental industry trends that will come to define the business technology landscape in 2019 across customer experience, cybersecurity, digital business, digital infrastructure, digital workplace, technology futures, and services. In the report, Group CTO Ettienne Reinecke claims that 2019 will finally see digital transformation become a reality and predicts […]

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Mobile phone staff are ‘enabling sim swap scams’

Staff in mobile phone shops have become key to the execution of “Sim swap” scams, Watchdog Live has discovered. Undercover filming revealed that O2 and Vodafone employees are bypassing basic ID checks and handing over replacement Sim cards to potential criminals. Once fraudsters gain control of a mobile number, they can intercept SMS text messages […]

HR departments feel the strain from mental health

Mental health issues require flexible sick pay says institute

Sick leave and pay should be more flexible, so people with poor mental health can avoid severe financial hardship, a charity has said. The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute said preventative, part-time sick leave would help those facing mental health difficulties. Greater access to insurance products could protect the income of those with pre-existing […]

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Staff at Google offices globally walk out over women’s treatment

Staff at Google offices around the world are staging an unprecedented series of walkouts in protest at the company’s treatment of women. The employees are demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration – a move which would make it possible […]