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Half a million jobs predicted over next year

Nearly half a million jobs could be created over the next year, according to research from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Self-employment up despite lower earnings

The average self-employed worker earns 40% less than the average employee, according to a study by independent think tank Resolution Foundation.

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Record optimism among small manufacturers

Confidence among small manufacturers has reached its highest level since records began in 1988, according to the Confederation of British Industry’s latest SME Trends Survey.

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1.4 million on zero-hours contracts

Around 1.4 million people are employed on zero-hours contracts, an Office for National Statistics study has suggested.

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Retail jobs growth in Q1

The number of full-time jobs in the retail sector increased 1.8% in the first quarter of 2014, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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'Exceptionally strong' outlook for UK economy

The UK economy's growth prospects for the next three months are "exceptionally strong", according to the Confederation of British Industry.

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Mixed success for Scottish manufactured exports

Scottish manufactured export volumes in 2013 rose 1.9% on 2012, the fastest annual increase since 2008, according to official figures.

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New mortgage rules take effect

People applying for a mortgage are to face tougher financial checks, as the Financial Conduct Authority’s new market regulations take effect tomorrow (26 April 2014).

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28,400 jobs for Northern Ireland economy

The Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy has predicted that 28,400 jobs will be created in Northern Ireland by 2018.

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Unemployment rate falls to 6.9 per cent

The unemployment rate fell by 77,000 to 2.24 million between December 2013 and February 2014, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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