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Group risk claims total £1.24bn

The UK group risk industry paid out £1.24 billion worth of claims in 2013, according to data published by Group Risk Development.

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Pensions and childcare vouchers most popular benefits

Pension contributions and childcare vouchers are the most commonly offered tax-efficient salary sacrifice benefit, according to research from Employee Benefits.

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Service sector optimism increases

Businesses in the service sector want to take on more staff as optimism rises, according to research from the Confederation of British Industry.

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Unemployment continues to fall in Northern Ireland

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen for the 15th consecutive month.

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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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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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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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Fastest rise in permanent salaries since 2007

Permanent salary growth in March 2014 rose at the fastest rate since July 2007, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

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Employment law changes coming into effect

The start of the new tax year on 6 April 2014 will see a number of changes to employment law.

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