Month: April 2018

The Bidding Scorecard- Should you take that opportunity or not?

Should you jump on that opportunity? There’s a vital step that often get missed out by bidding companies… pre-qualification. In the rush to get new business at any cost a company will tend to get their bidding teams responding to each ITT (Invitation to tender) or RFP (Request for proposal) that comes their way. This …

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Teachers attack plans to extend the official retirement age to 68 and say they should be getting their pensions at 60

Teachers say their pension age should be reduced to 60. They attacked plans to extend the official retirement age to 68, saying the pressures of the job would make it ‘an impossibility’ for many. Delegates at the NASUWT union’s annual conference in Birmingham voted unanimously to campaign for teachers to have a normal pension age …

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Outsourced staff lose out on wages and rights, says TUC

The TUC says labour laws need “beefing up” to protect the rights of workers employed by outsourcing firms. The union body says such workers cannot challenge the “parent” company over minimum wage or holiday pay abuses. The TUC has called on the government to give subcontracted workers the right to challenge the end employer. The …

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US stock market slides as China retaliates to Trump tariffs

The opening salvos of a tariff spat between the US and China that some observers fear could escalate into a full-blown trade war sent jitters through Wall Street on Monday. Stock markets fell after Beijing hit back against Donald Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminium with a swath of retaliatory duties on …

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Offshoring jobs and buying robots creates better new jobs, say economists

Buying robots to take over repetitive jobs and offshoring basic tasks to foreign workers is not bad for employment in the UK – instead, it creates more and better paid jobs. Overall productivity receives a boost as relatively unproductive jobs are automated or performed more cheaply overseas, freeing up resources domestically for higher productivity work. …

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EU official seeks ‘clear game plan’ on social media and elections

A senior EU official has called for action against internet companies that harvest personal data, as Brussels prepares to move against those spreading “fake news” following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. Sir Julian King, the European commissioner for security, wants “a clear game plan” on how social media companies are allowed to operate during political campaigns …

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