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HGV Taxes Alone Pay For Almost All The UK’S Road Maintenance Spending, Say FTA

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New independent research conducted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the largest membership association in the freight and logistics sector, and released today on 15th November 2017, has shown that HGVs pay enough tax alone to cover almost the whole of UK spending on road maintenance. The report, prepared for FTA by RepGraph ahead of…

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Good News For Drivers As First Phase Of M1 Smart Motorway Is Now Open

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The first phase between Northampton (junction 16) and the M45 (junction 17) of a new smart motorway tackling congestion and improving journey times for tens of thousands of drivers daily, is now open on the M1 in the Midlands. Up-to-date technology will help keep traffic flowing more smoothly and, with four running lanes instead of…

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‘Signs of a revival’: UK industrial production comfortably beats forecasts

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Output in the UK’s industrial sector improved for a third straight month in August, with a much better than expected improvement in manufacturing, pushing growth to its highest level since February. Overall industrial production increased 1.6 per cent year on year, twice as fast as the 0.8 per cent rate economists had predicted. Manufacturing –…

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10 best cities to recruit in right now

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Uncertainty pertaining to Brexit and the current political milieu is not having as adverse an effect on the jobs market as was previously imagined. According to a recent report from CV Library, the UK is experiencing a widespread boom and is exhibiting signs of stability compared against statistics from Q3. The study highlighted a 12.2%…

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FTA issues checklist for no-deal Brexit

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Prime Minister Theresa May and her government might think they are ready to walk out of the EU talks but the UK logistics sector is urging caution to ensure that UK trade and industry can continue to operate seamlessly post-Brexit. Following the publication of White Papers on trading and customs agreements to be implemented in the event of…

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The weirdest & possibly most illegal job interviews

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It was the Silicon Valley super boffins who first gained notoriety for their wacky and testing interviews – weeding out the candidates they want from the ones they don’t. However, whilst many of the tech giants have eased away from off-kilter questioning, the temptation to go all out Robin-Williams-in-Flubber wacky has bled into countless recruitment…

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UK engineering contractors increase by over two thirds

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The number of engineering contractors in the UK has increased by over two thirds to 68 per cent over the last five years, according to data obtained by Nixon Williams. The data shows that the number of engineering contractors went from 32,911 in 2011 to 55,393 in 2016, a rise of 68.3 per cent per…

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Expansion For Encore With Derby Office Move

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NATIONAL recruitment firm Encore Personnel has announced the expansion of its Derby branch with a new city centre office and several jobs created. The move saw the firm’s Derby branch relocate from its current base in Morledge to Gervase House in historic Friar Gate earlier this month (October). Alan Worth, a recruitment professional with more…

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UK: Data Protection Bill – Impact on employee data

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On 14 September the UK Government published the draft Data Protection Bill, to replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and supplement the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in certain key areas. Our earlier blog entry provided an overview of the Bill. In this article we highlight the specific impact of the Bill on how employers process…

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Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

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UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.1% from June…

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Lloyds Bank funds growth at Encore – to the tune of £9m

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Encore Personnel, the Leicester-based recruitment firm has expanded its UK office network after securing a £9m finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The recruitment specialist now operates across a network of ten locations, including a new office in Derby, which opened in the last 12 months. The business, which places over 4,500 temporary staff each…

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FTA LEADS INDUSTRY BRIEF ON CUSTOMS FOR EU TASK FORCE

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The Freight Transport Association has reiterated the logistics industry’s calls for a transition period as Brexit proceeds, with the release of a comprehensive ten step paper outlining the crucial elements needed to ensure the smooth continuation of trading conditions. FTA, the UK’s largest and most active membership association in freight and logistics, which represents more…

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RHA WARNS HAULIERS AND DRIVERS ON DODGY SELF-EMPLOYMENT ADVICE

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The RHA is calling on both hauliers and drivers to be aware of taking the wrong tax advice on employment status. It follows news that HMRC have taken action against those driving agencies and managed service companies that are providing incorrect advice to drivers and operators in the haulage sector. Haulage companies and workers are…

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ENCORE – ON THE ROAD TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER: HOW HGV DRIVERS CAN UTILISE RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

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For many HGV drivers, finding the next shift or the next contract can, at times, be a challenge. Andrew Fletcher, senior driving manager at national recruitment agency Encore Personnel, discusses how specialist recruiters can support candidates in finding the right role for them. In any profession, if you decide to change jobs – or even…

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Technology needs to attract more women

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Nearly a third of women working in ​s​cience, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are unhappy in their role and 14 per cent are thinking of leaving their jobs, according to the new ​“Women in STEM: Bridging the Gender Gap” survey. The report, which is sponsored by Yorkshire Water, Leeds-based Sky Betting & Gaming, ​BT and…

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UK ‘a more upbeat nation’ in 2017

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The UK is a slightly more positive place to be than it was last year, an official survey suggests. The UK’s level of life satisfaction, as measured by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has edged up to a record 7.7 out of 10. Last year, the level was 7.6. “Average ratings of life satisfaction and…

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UK firms challenged to cut freight emissions

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Roads Minister Jesse Norman has called on UK businesses to lead research into low emission technology for lorries, as well as cars and vans. The projects could see materials which make vehicles lighter, or improve the efficiency of engines or batteries. Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “We have made important progress in lowering emissions and…

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The most hilarious CV lies revealed

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Lying on your CV may seem like a permissible idea at the time, but recruiters are becoming more and more savvy by the day. Changing qualifications, falsifying references and adding on job titles are all examples of rather common, though still unacceptable, resume fibs. A recent report from CareerBuilder found that 75% of hiring managers…

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Resilience & Optimism for Manufacturers despite Brexit uncertainties

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SME manufacturers in the UK are more confident around revenue growth, despite Brexit uncertainties, skills shortages and production cost rises. So says this year’s MHA Manufacturing & Engineering annual survey report which is supported by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The findings of this year’s survey gathered by Sussex and Gatwick-based chartered accountants, tax and business…

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Data Protection Bill published by the UK government

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On 14 September 2017, the UK government announced the publication of the Data Protection Bill. The Bill is principally designed to: implement and supplement key standards of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); outline where UK law will deviate from certain GDPR provisions; and update and strengthen UK law to make the shift to the GDPR…

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