Tag: work

Cardiff’s staggered work hours plan to cut city centre congestion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An estimated 100,000 people commuted into Cardiff city centre before coronavirus The working day could be staggered for people working at major employers in Cardiff city centre if “radical steps” to cut congestion get the go ahead. The council is discussing plans with companies for some staff to start earlier or finish later to… Read more →

Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon warns against ‘intimidating’ people back to work

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStaff ‘shouldn’t be intimidated back to the office’ Scotland’s first minister has said she does not want to see people being “intimidated” into returning to workplaces before it is safe to do. Nicola Sturgeon said her government had been holding talks with business leaders about the possibility of a phased return to… Read more →

Coronavirus: More than half of furloughed staff ‘back at work’

Image copyright EPA More than half of the people furloughed during the pandemic are now back at work, a think tank has suggested. The Resolution Foundation said fewer than 4.5 million workers were currently furloughed, as employers begin contributions toward the scheme. It comes as some businesses face putting workers back on furlough after lockdown easing was halted in England.… Read more →

Coronavirus: Samsung profits soar on work from home demand

Image copyright Getty Images Samsung Electronics has seen its earnings soar as sales were boosted by millions working and learning from home during the virus pandemic. The world’s largest maker of smartphones said second quarter operating profits rose 23% compared to last year. The results were helped by strong demand for computer chips, which pushed up prices on the global… Read more →

Caution means mass return to work unlikely, say firms

Image copyright Getty Images Businesses remain cautious about the latest lockdown easing for England, and warn that any mass return to work immediately was unlikely. The British Chambers of Commerce said companies still needed “crystal-clear official guidance” on a safety. And the Institute of Directors said “there is a significant amount of caution out there” in the country. New guidelines… Read more →

Another 15,000 Scots seeking work over lockdown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Official figures show unemployment in Scotland rose between March and May as the impact of lockdown was felt Unemployment in Scotland rose between March and May as the impact of lockdown was felt, official figures indicate. Scotland’s unemployment rate rose to 4.3% in the period, a 0.6% increase on the previous quarter. This was… Read more →

What is VAT and how does it work?

Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Rishi Sunak is cutting the rate of value added tax (VAT) on hospitality and tourism from 20% to 5%, from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021. The cut applies to food and non-alcoholic drinks as well as accommodation and admission to attractions across the UK. Mr Sunak said the move is to “get the… Read more →