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Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

G4S contracts in Israeli occupied territories face major investigation

OECD to examine the controversial firm’s alleged supply of surveillance kit

Sir Michael Wilshaw said luck governs pupils’ fortunes

Pupils face an 'education lottery' for right opportunities

Sir Michael Wilshaw argues that poverty is no longer the major determinant of whether a child will fail

UK pensions among worst in the developed world, OECD warns

UK workers can expect a pension worth just 32.6 per cent of final pay when they retire, compared to a 54.4 per cent average across the OECD

Eurozone told to turn on money presses or dice with deflation

The eurozone must follow the examples of the UK, US and Japan by turning to the printing presses to avoid the threat of damaging deflation, according to an assessment by a leading economic think-tank.

A leading think-tank has fired a warning shot on impact of Help to Buy scheme in setting off house price inflation amid fears of a bubble

Boost for George Osborne as OECD upgrades growth forecasts for recovering UK economy

Think-tank fires warning shot on impact of Help to Buy scheme in setting off house price inflation amid fears of a bubble

The obvious reasons why UK literacy and numeracy skills are among the lowest in the developed world

We need a massive change of attitude if we’re to improve basic education and give children what they’re entitled to

England/N.Ire came 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries (Getty)

British education in crisis? Literacy and numeracy skills of young people in UK among lowest in developed world

Pupils worse at maths and English than grandparents with England 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries

Chalk Talk: In-depth research on schools often unearths some gems

I do love researchers – they are so fearless in their comments, ground-breaking in their recommendations.

Financial crisis ‘led to the loss of 7m jobs’

The human cost of the financial crisis was the obliteration of 7m jobs across the developed world since the second quarter of 2008, a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers says today.

French budget breaks promise on tax rises with €3m increase

The French government has unveiled its 2014 budget which breaks an earlier promise to halt rising taxes for the French, weighed down by one of the highest tax burdens in the world.

James Moore: Ed Miliband's making a political mistake with his business rate promise

Outlook Ed Miliband's pledge to roll back rises in business rates by reversing the Government's planned cut in corporation tax stands current orthodoxy on its head.

James Moore: Tax-avoiding firms sell developing world short

Outlook That's not to excuse businesses from paying the low levels of corporation tax levied in the UK. The problem is too many treat it as an optional charge payable only by those who don't have accountants smart enough to avoid it.

City brain drain ‘may hurt growth prospects’

The City of London is facing a brain drain of talent that could eventually hit the UK’s economic growth, experts have warned.

Good news for George Osborne as OECD predicts 1.5% growth this year, up from May forecast of 0.8%

Forecasts for UK economy upgraded in latest sign recovery picking up momentum

OECD predicts 1.5% growth this year, up from May forecast of 0.8%

Six of Britain’s largest financial services firms are examining their involvement with BT after accusations that it inadvertently aided American drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia

Firms re-examine links with BT over drones

Six of Britain’s largest financial services firms are examining their involvement with BT after accusations that it inadvertently aided American drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia.

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