Continued increase in public sector employment

Latest figures show that public sector employment increased by 13,000 in the second quarter of 2009 to reach 6.039 million. Overall, employment in central government increased by 21,000, whilst employment in local government and public corporations fell by 5,000 and 3,000 respectively. There was also an increase of 1,000 in the number of employees in the Civil Service.   This … Continue reading

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Slump in house building could become critical

The number of applications from builders to start new homes fell by almost two-thirds year-on-year during the three months from November 2008 to January 2009, according to the National House Building Council (NHBC). The NHBC also revised down its predictions for new home starts during the current financial year 2008-09 by 5,000 to 80,000. This would give a figure which … Continue reading

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