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3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

Surgeons' contracts offer ‘poor value for money’ for limiting work outside office hours

A generous new contract for hospital consultants provided “poor value for money” because it did not require them to work in the evenings and at weekends, public spending watchdogs said on Tuesday.

City shirtmaker TM Lewin in shop window for £100m after profit fall

TM Lewin, the 115-year-old City shirtmaker, could go up for sale for as much as £100m, having spoken to potential advisers over strategic options for the business.

Owen Paterson wants restrictions on GM crops relaxed

It's time for us to think about eating GM food

There appears to be growing consensus that GM is safe and the benefits huge

Balfour wins £56m Qatar engineering job

Balfour Beatty has snaffled a £56m highways contract in Qatar.

€1bn cashback on the Ryanair agenda

Ryanair has set out plans to return €1bn (£850m) to shareholders over the next two years, hours after confirming a massive order for planes worth almost €16bn at list price.

Underpaid and underworked: Real legacy of recession is falling wages and productivity

Workers settling for less just to stay in a job, survey claims

James Moore: Wage cuts have created vast pool of out-of-work, under-educated youths

Outlook Welcome to low-wage Britain. The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the TUC don't have a lot in common, but they've both come up with studies that ultimately have rather similar conclusions.

France faces deeper recession than we feared, warns IMF

France faces a deeper than expected recession this year and must overcome "critical obstacles" to improve competitiveness, the International Monetary Fund warned yesterday.

American researchers found that cigarette breaks, increased absenteeism and greater healthcare costs combined to the extra burden smokers place on employers

£4,000 a year: The cost to employers of smokers' cigarette breaks, illness cover and health care costs

Smokers cost £4,000 a year more to employ than non-smokers, a study has claimed.

Craig Alexander: NHS boss on £250,000 a year fired after colleague discovered he had been jailed for armed robbery

Craig Alexander lied to land a job as an NHS executive earning a quarter of a million a year

House of Fraser defies High Street gloom with record sales and profits

House of Fraser, the privately owned department store chain, showed today it is defying the gloom on the High Street with record levels of sales and profits.

Adam Grant: Givers and takers - who are the best performers in the workplace?

Midweek View: Successful givers do five-minute favours, looking for ways to offer high benefits to others at a low personal cost

Cement firms face action over 'failure to compete' on pricing

Britain's major cement firms were today facing "hard-hitting" action after a regulator accused them of failing to compete on pricing.

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Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

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Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
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From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital