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The number of dole claimants per job vacancy is more than twice as high in parts of the North than in the South, illustrating a “stark” regional divide, according to a new analysis of unemployment figures.

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The Government today sparked a fierce debate over employment rights after calling for evidence on whether rules covering the dismissal of workers were too “complex” and should be changed.

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The Government was accused today of being the most "female-unfriendly" in living memory following new research showing how difficult it is for women to find well-paid part-time work.

Fifth of new graduates unemployed

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Unions add voice to warnings over pension unlocking 'sharks'

Trade unions have urged workers to avoid pension unlocking firms, which loan money secured against a pension or transfer pension cash into a high risk investment.

Numbers with company pensions falls

The proportion of people in a workplace pension has fallen below half for the first time in at least 15 years, prompting calls for confidence in schemes to be rebuilt.

Stephenson at the May Day March in Belfast city centre last year

Jonathan Stephenson: Trade unionist and chairman of the SDLP

Jonathan Stephenson was born into a family of English diplomats, but the causes he espoused were anything but establishment. He was a spokesman for the trade union movement at a time when the unions were in constant battle with the Thatcher government and, despite the threat of physical violence, went on to become a leading figure in Northern Irish politics, one of the few Englishmen to make such a political commitment.

Jobs crisis forces 1.3 million people to work part-time

The number of people being forced to take precarious part-time work has shot up to a record high as the economic slump deepens.

Jobs crisis forces 1.3m to work part-time

Total unemployed jumps closer to 3 million with the young and older people bearing the brunt

Workers face £2,300 bill for tribunals

Workers could pay more than £2,300 to take an employer to an industrial tribunal under new measures that were last night condemned as a denial of justice for the lowest paid.

Danny Alexander provoked fury by warning public sector workers it would be a 'colossal mistake' to reject a deal that was the best they could hope for

'Real possibility' of pensions deal, says Danny Alexander

A Government minister said today there was a "very realistic possibility" of reaching a deal on public sector pensions despite the huge strike by workers and threats of more industrial action.

Gender pay gap falls

The gender pay gap has fallen below 10% for the first time after women's earnings increased faster than men's in the past year, according to official figures today.

Osborne plan 'will cut inflation-linked benefits'

George Osborne plans to slice £1bn off the welfare bill by altering a long-standing procedure under which benefits are raised each year in line with September's inflation rate.

Unions reject 15-minute strike idea

Union leaders today attacked a Government minister for making a "daft" suggestion that public sector workers wouldn't lose any pay if they only go on strike for 15 minutes during a day of action later this month.

Osborne vows to freeze council tax for another year

George Osborne will today attempt to appease voters hit by spiralling food and energy prices by promising a second year's freeze in council tax.

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