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UK skills training needs radical overhaul

The British economy could find itself facing a period of decline if the skill levels of the workforce do not show marked improvement.

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New paternity leave plans may be amended

New rules which will allow fathers to take longer periods of paternity leave could be changed by the coalition government.

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VAT increase could be 'detrimental'

As many as one in three firms are worried that the planned increase in VAT could have an adverse effect on their business, a new survey has claimed.

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All start-ups should get NIC holiday as confidence stays fragile

A leading business group has urged the government to extend the promise of a national insurance contribution holiday for new businesses right across the country as a new survey shows business confidence in decline.

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Possible graduate tax could boost apprenticeships

Mooted plans to introduce a graduate tax as a way of helping to fund higher education could have the effect of increasing the value of apprenticeships.

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Jobs outlook could be hit if growth falters marginally

The UK labour market could face a five-year jobs deficit if the growth predictions of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) are just slightly weaker.

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