Business management

Pay rises remain under pressure

Firms are beginning to hire again as they recover from the recession, but above-inflation pay rises are still a rarity, a new survey has revealed.

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Employers 'unconvinced' on value of new regulations

Firms have offered a mixed picture on the value to their businesses of a range of employment regulations.

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Red tape needs 'cutting'

The coalition government has been urged to reduce the administrative burden placed on businesses by the need to comply with various regulations.

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Employers get reminder on electronic filing

Firms are being reminded that they are now required to file their PAYE returns – forms P14 and P35 – online by 19 May.

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Business tax breaks needed to fund skills investment

The economic recovery could be undermined if insufficient investment is made in boosting the skills of UK workforces.

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EU business regulations need greater 'scrutiny'

The UK government does not interrogate legislation coming from EU as closely as it should and too often adopts a tick-box approach instead of applying a rigorous analysis of the likely effects of the regulations.

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Regulation system needs 'wholesale review'

A business group has renewed its call for the next government to tackle the burden that over-regulation imposes on businesses.

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Sickness presence may cost firms more than absenteeism

Businesses could be hit harder by employees coming to work when they are ill than by sickness absence, a new report has claimed.

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