News The reports suggests primary school teachers should be coached to give their pupils basic knowledge of how the employment world works

Children should be given lessons in careers whilst at primary school as part of an attempt to promote “employability” in schools, says a report out today.

King signals Bank is preparing for more QE

Sir Mervyn King has given the clearest signal yet that the Bank of England is poised to launch another round of quantitative easing to boost the ailing UK economy.

Mervyn King signals Bank of England is preparing for new round of QE

Sir Mervyn King has given the clearest signal yet that the Bank of England is poised to launch another round of quantitative easing to boost the ailing UK economy.

Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King slams George Osborne’s proposal to allow workers to waive employment rights to receive company shares

The chief executive of Sainsbury’s has opened fire on George Osborne’s proposal to allow workers to waive their employment rights to receive shares has come under fire from, warning it would only worsen the public’s opinion of industry.

Shoppers rush to pay credit card bills

Nervous shoppers are paying off their credit cards at the fastest rate for nearly six years, the Bank of England said yesterday.

Jeremy Hunt: The man Fred Michel knew as 'Daddy' will have to explain why he apparently misled Parliament and overrode the advice of his legal team to back the Murdoch BSkyB bid at Leveson this Thursday

Business is seeing a boost from the Olympic Games, says Jeremy Hunt

Businesses that are marketed effectively around the Games are seeing a "big boost", Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt insisted today after claims the message to stay away from London during the Olympics had worked "too well", affecting some traders.

London 2012: Greek Olympic officials spend thousands on exclusive club despite country's dire economy

While Greece continues to suffer from severe economic conditions Olympic officials from the country are spending thousands of pounds on an exclusive private members' club in London.

David Cameron refuses to back EU exit

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will not campaign for Britain to leave the EU in a referendum, warning that the UK would become “a sort of greater Switzerland” if it quit the 27-nation bloc.

Britain's shoppers keep retail sales buoyant

Britain's shoppers showed resilience in May, official figures revealed yesterday. Retail sales volumes, excluding fuel, were up 0.9 per cent on the previous month and 3 per cent higher than the same month in 2011 according to the Office for National Statistics. This followed a deep, 1 per cent monthly fall in retail volumes in April.

Unemployment has fallen by 50,000+ in first quarter

The economy continued to create jobs in the three months to April, despite the double dip recession, official figures showed yesterday.

Fall in jobless rate provides glimmer of economic hope

The economy continued to create jobs in the three months to April, despite the double-dip recession, official figures showed yesterday.

Pensions move brings Treasury boost

The transfer of Royal Mail pensions into the public sector gave the Government's finances a one-off boost today, offsetting a larger-than-expected surge in borrowing last month.

GDP data 'shows cuts are not working'

There were fresh calls for the Government to scale back its austerity measures today after figures confirmed the UK had returned to recession.

Dronke: scrupulous, sparkling translations that brought texts to life

Ursula Dronke: Enlightening scholar of medieval literature

Ursula Dronke was a brilliant, vital, and impressive representative of a world that seems to be fast disappearing from our grasp: a scholarship girl who, from a luminous sense of their intrinsic value, dedicated her life to difficult works of the human imagination; she was still publishing in her 90th year.

Eyebrows have been raised over Michael Heseltine's appointment

Heseltine told to bang public and private heads together

Big business loved it, small business less so, but most agreed that while the economy could benefit long term, the current low to zero growth isn't going to enjoy a quick pick up from the Budget.

Vince Cable seeks 'no-fault dismissal' rule

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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