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When a pension is no longer a pension

executive piggy bank

02 Sep 2014, by in Pensions & Investment

Wading through the remuneration reports of the UK’s biggest companies provides a glimpse of a different world. Easily overlooked among the array of multi-million pound salaries, bonuses and bumper share awards are details of executives’ pension arrangements. For 12 years the TUC’s PensionsWatch report has provided an insight into the multi-million pound pension pots amassed…

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Incomes for the Self-employed are plunging

Geoff Tily

26 Aug 2014, by in Labour market

The ONS analysis of self-employment has unsurprisingly generated a good deal of media commentary, even in spite of the hardly enticing strapline (‘Self-employment rises as fewer people leave’). There has however been less emphasis on the earnings figures, which tell a very worrying story of decline.

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Unequal opportunities for older workers

Sally Brett

22 Aug 2014, by in Equality

This week we’ve seen two releases highlighting the growth in employment among older workers. Saga  noted that the number of over 65 year olds in work has topped one million for the first time – a 36% increase since 2010 – while the DWP celebrated the very high rates of employment among 50 to 64…

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CPI Inflation: Well below target

Geoff Tily

20 Aug 2014, by in Economics

The reversal in the headline consumer price index (CPI) figures to 1.6 per cent in July from 1.9 per cent in June shows inflation remains comfortably below target. But even these headline figures are likely to exaggerate any underlying position, in the sense of a measure that more accurately reflects inflationary pressures from market-based forces…

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