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UK employment hits record levels again

The number of people in work in the UK has continued to climb, with a record 32.6 million employed between October and December, the latest Office for National Statistics figures show. Unemployment was little-changed in the three-month period at...

Thousands of jobs available at Manchester airport

More than 1,000 roles have become available at the Northern gateway. Job-seekers across the region are being invited to attend a special event, on March 7, at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s The Point complex from 10am to 3pm, to learn more...

UK economic growth slowest since 2012

The UK economy expanded at its slowest annual rate in six years in 2018 after a sharp contraction in December. Growth in the year was 1.4%, down from 1.8% in 2017 and the slowest rate since 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The...

City Centre Fopp and Trafford Centre HMV to close

HMV’s Trafford Centre store and Manchester City Centre’s Fopp store are to close after the Canadian firm Sunrise Records emerged as the buyer of the collapsed music chain. The firm will buy 100 stores out of administration, securing 1,487 jobs,...

2019/20 budget proposals for Manchester announced

Manchester City Council’s draft budget proposals have been published, completing the three-year budget commitment for the period 2017/18 to 2019/20. Despite funding pressures, the Council is on track to meet the three-year plan, which was...

Wage growth surges as employment hits record high

The spending power of British workers increased to its highest level in two years in November following the biggest rise in real pay since September 2016. Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 3.3% on the year, the biggest increase...

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