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Record Vacancies May Not be Good News for Jobseekers or Businesses

Record job vacancies across many sectors of the economy may seem like good news for workers. But the reality is likely to be more nuanced. Sky News analysis has shown that despite the post-pandemic boom in job adverts, people looking for work may not be in the right places to fill them, with different regions […]

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UK Economy Grows on Camping and Dining Out

The UK economy grew by 0.4% in August as more people dined out, went on holiday and attended music festivals. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the services sector made the biggest contribution to economic growth in the first full month after all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in England. It said arts, entertainment and […]

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Furlough Scheme Ends with Almost 1 Million Left in Limbo

The furlough scheme closed on Thursday, with uncertainty ahead for people who have not yet returned to work. Nearly one million workers were expected to be on the scheme at the end of September, according to estimates by the Office for National Statistics. It is unclear how many of those still were relying on it […]

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UK Lockdown Rebound Stronger Than First Thought

The economic rebound triggered by the easing of COVID-19 restrictions during spring was stronger than initial estimates, official figures show. From April to June the UK’s economy grew by 5.5%, which was higher than the previous estimate of 4.8%, the Office for National Statistics said. Spending on retail and hospitality surged after lockdowns lifted. However, […]

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