Over 1.1 million job vacancies are lying open as the pingdemic worsens the UK worker shortage. The ‘pingdemic’ is the latest challenge to sectors struggling to hire. There were 1,116,454 advertised job vacancies between 19th – 25th July, marking the 11th consecutive week of over 1 million open jobs. Nearly 700,000 NHS Covid-19 app users were ‘pinged’ in the ...

New data analysis has revealed that the Worcestershire town tops the rankings after scoring highly in a number of key indicators for business success. The research assessed more than 350 districts, counties and unitary authorities across Britain on a range of details. The factors included the average rate of new business births compared to new business deaths, the number ...

Amazon has been hit with an $886.6m (£636m) fine for allegedly breaking European Union data protection laws. The fine was issued by Luxembourg’s National Commission for Data Protection, which claimed the tech giant’s processing of personal data did not comply with EU law. Amazon said it believed the fine to be “without merit”, adding that it would defend itself ...

Pressure is building on the prime minister to radically redraw restrictions on foreign travel next week, in time for the final weeks of the summer holidays. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has made an unprecedented intervention before a crunch meeting on Thursday, writing to the prime minister to demand that the UK change its quarantine policy. Fully vaccinated travellers from ...

Bitcoin has broken through the $40,000 level again as the world’s largest cryptocurrency rebounds from the sell-off it suffered in recent months. Investors in the digital asset have endured a rollercoaster ride, with the price starting the year at less than $29,000 and then rising above $64,000 in April only to fall back below $30,000. It was trading up ...

The cost of moving home is on the rise as removals firms are forced to put up prices following difficulties in hiring drivers. Some removals firms have raised prices by up to 25%, according to operators, in line with wage increases levied to retain and attract workers amid heavy competition for those with a specialist lorry licence. Angus Elphinstone, ...

Employees are at the core of any successful organisation, and that is why the best employers understand the value of employee recognition and realise its benefit not only to individual performance, but to the wider company as a whole. The key benefit is improved motivation, with two thirds of employees reporting to feeling more motivated to stay at their job ...

The government is considering Canary Wharf as a location for an £800 million scientific research agency in a boost to the east London financial district’s ambition to become a science hub. Amanda Solloway, the science minister, has written to councillors in Tower Hamlets, confirming that the London borough, which is home to Canary Wharf, has made the shortlist for ...

Businesses are stepping up recruitment plans and increasing wages as the recovery gathers strength but optimism in the private sector has peaked. These are the findings according to a corporate survey by Lloyds Banking Group. Its monthly business barometer found that hiring intentions climbed for a sixth consecutive month to the highest level since November 2018. More than a ...

Booster jabs are to be offered to 32 million people as early as next month to protect the most vulnerable before winter, it was reported last night. Up to 2,000 pharmacies will run the programme so that the NHS can focus on the 5.3 million patients caught in a backlog of treatments. Ministers aim to deliver an average of ...

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