Skills shortages "starting to bite"

The average number of job applicants per vacancy has dropped in the past year, according to the latest Labour Market Outlook from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Extending IR35 tax rules "short-sighted" says IPSE

Freelancer body IPSE has urged the Government not to extend the changes to IR35 self-employed tax regulation into the private sector.

Sun, sea and chasing invoices

Most business owners have to keep a close eye on their cashflow even when they are taking a break from their business, according to new research.

HMRC raises interest rates on late paid taxes

The UK tax body has increased the interest rates it charges on late payment of taxes following the rise in the Bank of England base rate.

Online retailers already getting ready for Black Friday

Over three-fifths of online retailers are planning ahead for this year's pre-Christmas Black Friday event, almost four months in advance.

UK manufacturers set their sights beyond the EU

The majority of British manufacturers say they are getting ready for a hard Brexit by actively forging new relationships with "rest of world" territories, including Asia and the Americas.

Majority of small firms shun zero hours contracts

A new report has found that few small business employers in the UK are using zero hours contracts and most pay above the statutory wage levels.

Employers more aware about mental health at work

Almost one-third of businesses have seen an increase in the number of staff taking time off for mental health reasons, according to a new survey.

New report sheds light on shopping triggers

Social awkwardness, stress, boredom and even hunger can be the drivers for making a purchase, according to new research.

Small firms stand to lose more in a no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit would disproportionately hit small businesses in the UK, according to new research.