Apprenticeships on the increase

Over 100,000 additional apprenticeship places have been created during the past year.

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HMRC embarks on tax reconciliation process

As many as 4.7 million people may have paid incorrect amounts of tax for the year 2010/11, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

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Pension tax and share schemes to be simplified

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has announced that it is next to direct its attention to pensioners’ tax and share schemes.

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Changes to NIC Class 2 payment requests

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded taxpayers that the collection of Class 2 National Insurance contributions has been aligned with self-assessment.

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Government urged to marry skills and employment strategies

The UK needs stronger links between its policies on employment and training, it has been claimed.

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Jobs market picking up but working trends on the change

Almost one in three of private sector employers are planning on taking on new staff before the year’s end, indicating that the jobs market may be embarking on a sustained recovery.

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Employees worried over decision making

A new survey has suggested that almost three out of four employees are taking decisions that they do not feel qualified to make.

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New compulsory pension plans will harm small firms

Plans to introduce auto-enrolment pension schemes in 2012 will hamper the ability of smaller employers to run their businesses, it has been claimed.

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Employers left scratching around for skilled job candidates

Employers looking for good job candidates are finding themselves flooded with applications from people without the skills and experience needed to fill the positions advertised.

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