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Majority of professionals work long hours

Nearly three quarters of UK professionals work overtime regularly, according to research by recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley.

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SMEs unprepared for older workforce

SMEs recognise the benefits of employing workers over 65 but many are not yet ready to meet the needs of an ageing workforce, a survey by the CIPD has found.

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9 in 10 managers work overtime

More than 9 in 10 (94%) managers work over their contracted weekly hours, according to research from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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A quarter want to be entrepreneurs

More than a quarter of British employees dreams of running a business, according to a survey from Lloyds Bank Insurance.

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SME skills gap widens

Nearly a third (29.9%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are concerned that skills shortages are impeding growth, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses.

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SMEs uncertain about flexible working

Nearly half (45%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are unaware of the upcoming changes to the law on flexible working, according to a study by Citrix/YouGov.

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Gender pay gap reduction call

The next government should set a national target for reducing the gender pay gap, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

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Underpaid workers get £4.6 million in wage arrears

Underpaid workers received more than £4.6 million in minimum wage arrears during 2013/14, HM Revenue & Customs has said.

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Collective workplace pensions proposed

Employers will have more choice over the type of workplace pension scheme they offer after proposals for collective schemes were announced during the Queen’s speech.

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Workplace optimism increases

Consumer confidence has reached its highest level in almost 7 years and optimism is increasing among UK workers, according to a study by YouGov and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

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