News Maths is the only subject where girls still lag behind boys

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.

OECD warns G20 to act as it slashes growth forecasts

Europe will grow by just 0.3 per cent next year and the US by 1.8 per cent, says Paris think tank

The Business On... Maria van der Hoeven, Executive director, IEA

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North-South jobs divide is set to widen

The over the next year as manufacturers' confidence falters, a new report claims.

World's demand for oil to fall as recovery falters, says IEA

While the fall in oil prices will be welcomed, the fact that it has been precipitated by a slowdown in the pace of economic recovery is less happy news

Women forced out of jobs by rising cost of childcare

A combination of cuts to public sector jobs and to family credits means many mothers can not afford to go out to work. Jane Merrick reports

The nation has to face up to its extremist threat

Wealth and political stability have not protected this model of social democracy from tensions over immigration

David Prosser: A pointless gesture on oil prices

Outlook So that went well. A month ago tomorrow, President Obama surprised world markets by persuading the International Energy Agency to release some of its oil reserves for only the third time in its 37-year history. The oil price immediately slipped back from about $113 a barrel to about $103.

IEA warns over growing demand

Global demand for oil is set to accelerate in 2012, ramping up pressure on prices, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned yesterday.

World economy set to face more frequent shocks

In an updated and expanded version of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has identified five "global shocks" that will destabilise the world economy with increasing frequency in coming years.

IEA calls on oil producers to step up production

The International Energy Agency (IEA) upped the pressure on the Opec yesterday by hiking its oil demand estimates and warning of the “damaging implications” for the global economy if the oil producers’ cartel does not increase supply.

Chancellor faces down Cabinet 'jitters' about economic strategy

George Osborne has been forced to fend off doubts about his economic strategy from cabinet colleagues worried that growth is so weak. The Chancellor, who refuses to consider a "Plan B", defended his approach in a discussion on Britain's economic prospects at Tuesday's cabinet meeting.

David Prosser: Plan B is simply a slower Plan A

Outlook One of the mantras of George Osborne in insisting on seeing through his deficit reduction plan is that it commands enormous support internationally. Well, it has not been the best 48 hours for that argument. First the President of the United States pointedly turned down the invitation to publicly endorse the Chancellor's economic experiment. Then the OECD – hardly known for its wishy-washy liberal views on borrowing – suggested Mr Osborne might have no choice but to slow down.

OECD urges Bank of England to raise rates

The OECD, the "club" for the world's most advanced economies, has said the UK will experience slower growth than previously expected, but called on the Bank of England to push the Bank Rate up to 1 per cent by the end of this year, and to 2.25 per cent by the end of 2012, compared with the current historic low of 0.5 per cent.

We've never had it so good (at least compared with the neighbours)

From health and wealth to working hours, a study finds life in Britain not so bad after all

High oil prices prompt IEA to call on producers to increase supply

Oil producers need to open the taps and increase supply to protect the global economic recovery, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a rare formal statement yesterday.

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