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.
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Sunday 01 August 2010
Wednesday 14 July 2010
So by 2051 Britain's population is to grow to nearly 78 million and ethnic minorities will rise from 8 per cent at the 2001 census to 20 per cent. These are two key conclusions from some research by a team in the geography department at the University of Leeds – a thorough piece of work that should illuminate a debate that has up to now generated more heat than light.
Wednesday 14 July 2010
The credibility and independence of the interim Office for Budget Responsibility came under renewed attack as its leader, Sir Alan Budd, was forced to defend the release of sensitive employment figures just before a difficult session of Prime Minister's Questions.
Sunday 11 July 2010
Retraining the unemployed, improving education and training for UK workers and raising the pension age could all boost the economy's long-term growth rate, according to a study by the Centre for Policy Studies.
Friday 09 July 2010
Outlook So it's good news and bad from the International Monetary Fund. Its latest projections for the global economy as a whole are a little bit more optimistic than the forecasts it made back in April. Sadly, it is not so upbeat about the UK: its estimates for economic growth in this country have been trimmed.
Thursday 08 July 2010
Britain faces a jobless recovery in which young people's already bleak prospects will be exacerbated by cuts to employment schemes, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) warns.
Thursday 24 June 2010
Sunday 20 June 2010
Thursday 10 June 2010
Interest rates were kept on hold today as policymakers maintained their "wait-and-see" approach ahead of Government plans to tackle the UK's deficit.
Tuesday 01 June 2010
The pace of recovery in Britain's dominant services sector appears to be faltering, business leaders warn today, casting new doubt on the economy's ability to avoid a "double dip" downturn. Sales in the business services half of the sector remained flat in the three months to the end of May, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said, while sales of consumer services actually fell.
Monday 31 May 2010
Never let it be said that Roger Bootle's Capital Economics does not say what it thinks, even if it subsequently remembers to moderate its language. Issuing its latest thoughts on last week's global economic outlook from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the think-tank admits: "Our initial response to the OECD's recommendation that UK interest rates should rise to 3.5 per cent by the end of next year ('completely mad') may have been a bit extreme."
Thursday 27 May 2010
Britain will be forced to raise its interest rates much sooner than expected and certainly before the end of the year, the world's leading economic think-tank said yesterday.
Wednesday 26 May 2010
The Bank of England should begin hiking interest rates in the second half of this year and lift borrowing costs to 3.5% by the end of 2011 to control rising inflation, an economic report warned today.
Tuesday 25 May 2010
Some truly stunning insights from the International Energy Agency yesterday. Fatih Birol, its chief economist, reckons that if we see further deterioration in the global economy the oil price could fall below $70 a barrel (about where it sits now). And if the economy recovers? "If we come back to a situation where the global economic recovery continues, oil prices will rise." It's bold predictions like this that makes the analysis provided by organisations like the IEA absolutely essential to the smooth functioning of the world economy.
Thursday 06 May 2010
The news that British independent schools are receiving a record influx of pupils from overseas is not surprising. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), fee-charging schools in the UK achieve the best results of any type of school in the world. If you examine the statistics, they account for nearly 40 per cent of students getting three A grades or better at A-level, yet only 7 per cent of pupils attend these schools. So, overseas parents are making a rational, if expensive, choice in deciding to send their offspring away to boarding school in a far-off land. And it really is the other side of the world in many cases. The largest international group within private schools comes from China and Hong Kong. The parents of such children must definitely think it is worth shelling out as much as £30,000 a year per child, plus the cost of air fares and a school uniform, to give their darlings a good start in life.
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