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    Nissan Sunderland plant to protect up to 70,000 jobs

    Nissan’s Sunderland plant is to produce batteries for its Leaf electric vehicle, picturedPic: Nissan Car maker Nissan has confirmed it will keep its Sunderland plant open for the long term now that a trade deal between the UK and the EU has been reached. The plant employs 6,000 workers directly and almost 70,000 through its […] More

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    Furlough should be extended ‘before Budget’

    Tony Danker became CBI director-general in November. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images Rishi Sunak needs to act now, ahead of his Budget, to help protect UK companies through the Spring to ensure their survival until the economy reopens fully, according to the CBI. In a letter to the chancellor, the business group has called upon […] More

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    Number of overseas nationals leaving UK could have reached 1.3 million

    Christian Mueller / Shutterstock.com Up to 1.3 million overseas nationals have left the UK over the past year, with almost 700,000 non-UK born workers having vacated London alone, according to a study. The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence found an “unprecedented” fall in the number of foreign-born residents in the UK when it applied an […] More

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    Shift to home working could cost 400,000 high street jobs

    Bastingstoke in Hampshire Ben Molyneux / Shutterstock.com A permanent shift towards working from home and increased online shopping could cost more than 400,000 retail jobs on England’s high streets, according to a report. The towns and cities worst affected by the reduction in commuter footfall could see nearly a third of office work performed at […] More

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    Whitbread job cuts smaller than anticipated

    Photo: Shutterstock Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn, has cut 1,500 restaurant and hotel jobs, far fewer than the 6,000 first projected by the group. The FTSE 100-listed owner of the Beefeater and Brewers Fayre chains said it had managed to achieve targeted cost savings because employees accepted a cut in maximum contracted hours. It has […] More

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    Aviation in ‘jobs death spiral’ as Norwegian cuts 1,100 jobs

    Staff at Gatwick ahead of Norwegian’s inaugural flight to Las Vegas in 2016. Photo: Norwegian Norwegian Air is to close its long-haul operations to concentrate on its short-haul network in Scandinavia, meaning around 1,100 staff at Gatwick Airport will lose their jobs. Brian Strutton, general secretary of pilot union Balpa, said the announcement was further […] More

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    Ministers are leaving small businesses ‘out in the cold’

    Photo: Shutterstock A unprecedented number of small business owners are planning to close their firms over the next 12 months, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which accused the government of ignoring the situation. More than a quarter of a million businesses could be lost without further government support, the FSB’s Small Business Index […] More

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    Vaccine hopes lead to increased recruitment

    Optimism around the impact of the coronavirus vaccine roll-out led to an increase in both permanent and temporary job placements last month. According to the latest UK Report on Jobs from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG, temporary billings increased at their fastest pace since October 2018, while permanent appointments rose, albeit marginally, for […] More

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    ASOS to create 2,000 jobs at Staffordshire warehouse

    Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com Fashion retailer ASOS is to employ 2,000 people over the next three years at a new fulfilment centre in Staffordshire. The £90m new site, at Lichfield’s Fradley Park, will be operational within 12 months and is hoped will help the online retailer meet demand for its growing number of customers across […] More

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    Germany’s jobless figures better than anticipated

    Germany’s capital, Berlin. Photo: Shutterstock Germany’s Federal Labour Agency has reported that the number of jobless fell in the country by a seasonally adjusted 37,000 year-on-year in December, despite a tightening of lockdown restrictions. Analysts had expected an increase in unemployment. “The apparent resilience of the German economy in late 2020 bodes well for the […] More

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    Green revolution poses threat to jobs in least prosperous regions

    Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham Shutterstock The UK’s least prosperous regions face the greatest potential disruption to jobs as the UK moves towards delivering net zero emissions by 2050, a report has found. According to Onward, a centre-right leaning think tank, more than half (52%) of the 10 million jobs set to be disrupted as […] More

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    HR news you may have missed over Christmas

    Shutterstock With many taking a well-earned break over the festive period, you’ll be forgiven for not always keeping an eye on the developments in the HR world. Here, we bring you up to speed. Worst year for retail job losses in 25 years According to the Centre for Retail Research, almost 180,000 retail jobs were […] More

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