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.

One in five young Britons out of work

There are almost a million young people unemployed in Britain, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed yesterday – about one in five people and the highest number since 1992.

Warning over cost of new work laws

New employment laws coming into force over the next four years will cost industry a "staggering" £22.8 billion, a leading business group warned today.

Manufacturing output dips

Manufacturing output in the UK dropped in December, official figures revealed today, adding to concerns over the fragile position of the economy as it braces itself for the Government's spending cuts.

Cable promises help as exporters feel the strain

Plans announced by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to boost exports and help smaller businesses to find markets abroad were welcomed yesterday by both employer groups and Labour.

David Prosser: Exporters need all the help they can get

Outlook They seek it here, they seek it there, but the support for Britain's faltering economic recovery remains elusive. Yesterday's trade figures were somewhat skewed by December's cold weather, but there is no escaping the conclusion that the export sector is not yet up to the job of carrying the rest of the economy on its shoulders.

Regional businesses call for clarity on LEPs plan

Confusion over the role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) is hampering business growth and undermining the Government's rhetoric about a private sector-led economic recovery, local business groups have warned.

Leading article: A price that must be paid for a civilised society

Harriet Harman's legacy is on its way. From April, the legislation she pushed through allowing new mothers to transfer the second half of their year-long maternity leave to the child's father (should they decide to return to work early) will come into effect. Yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, paid tribute to the former women and equalities minister, but also signalled his intention to carry on where she left off.

Most firms plan to cut or freeze salaries

More than half of British companies plan to freeze or cut their employees' pay in 2011, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce.

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Business Diary: A flotation that’s all about Me Me Me

We're not sure what to make of Cathal Morrow, who has come up with a novel idea for a protest against all that is wrong with our financial system. He plans to float himself on the London Stock Exchange – as Me Me Me plc – and is soliciting support from would-be shareholders.

Forget London, imagine a World Cup in Plymouth

Ahead of today's vote, anticipation was building in the cities selected as the host destinations for England's bid.

James Moore: For once the City's on the side of the angels

Outlook The proposal for an immigration cap was always going to prove to be one of the Conservative Party's dafter ideas. It might be the sort of thing that gets them going in the shires, but, as has been proved, it is fundamentally a crude and over simplistic measure for tackling a complex issue.

Green light for new Intercity trains

The nation's fleet of ageing Intercity trains is to be replaced, at a cost of £7.5bn, ministers will announce this week.

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