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The leaders of more than 30 healthcare professional bodies in Britain have teamed up as part of a groundbreaking agreement that stresses the link between work and health. In order to advise patients on the role that work can play in good health, the organisations have signed a consensus statement in partnership with national director…

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has challenged the findings of government research which suggests small businesses are experiencing steady progress by citing other, conflicting findings. According to statistics revealed by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, 65 per cent of small organisations with employees reported they had ambitions to grow, while nearly…

Job candidates are missing out on potential opportunities by failing to sufficiently prepare for job interviews, according to new research. Figures produced by Jobsite.co.uk suggest that people seeking new work have missed out on a combined £2.3 billion of potential earnings over the past year as a result of poor interview skills. It was found…

Companies have been advised to be vigilant over so-called "homophobic banter" in the workplace. The warning follows a legal case in which it was ruled that an employee who was not gay but who was the subject of such comments was not covered under current sexual orientation regulations. About the case, Jean Sapeta, head of…

The government’s decision to increase the minimum wage by 3.8 per cent has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which describes the move as "striking a sensible balance". Under plans announced by Gordon Brown yesterday (March 5th), the adult rate will rise from £5.52 to £5.73 an hour, while the rate for…

Firms are facing shortfalls in recruitment because they are limiting their selection criteria to those candidates with a first or 2:1 degree classification, it has been suggested. According to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), 43.4 per cent of employers recently surveyed stated there are not enough applicants with the right qualifications. Commenting…

Health and safety professionals have renewed their calls for the regulation of their profession. During an appearance by senior members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in front of the Department for Work and Pensions select committee, it was argued that problems in public perceptions have arisen in the sector because anyone…

Graduates in the UK are turning to the internet when it comes to looking for work, it has been revealed. According to research conducted by Reed Employment, 89 per cent of such people claim that they search for employment exclusively online. Meanwhile, only three per cent of graduates stated they regularly check newspaper job sections,…