Monthly Archives: March 2011

Part-time and temp work – lifestyle choice or Hobson’s choice?

If you thought that London out-booming Mumbai, Shanghai and Hong Kong was counterintuitive, try this – part-time women in professional occupations earn 1.6% more than their full-time male counterparts! Part-time professional women earn, on average, £22.82 an hour while full-time professional men earn £22.47 … Continue reading

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Banks reaffirm their faith in London

Perhaps there has been a bankers’ exodus after all – from other cities to London. Bloomberg reports that banks and other financial services organisations in the City are now approaching pre-recession levels of employment. Even RBS now employs more people in … Continue reading

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Will the 21st century be Asian or Arctic?

A broad consensus has developed, over the last decade or so, that the balance of power in the world is shifting away from North America, Europe and Japan  and towards East Asia, South Asia and Latin America. Liberal economists talk about the rebalancing of … Continue reading

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The public sector will not ‘get back to normal’

The Economist has a series of articles on the future of the state. The paper’s broad conclusion is that western welfare state can’t go on as it is. Its editorial describes the state spending of the 2000s as “one last splurge” … Continue reading

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What CAMRA tells us about markets

Last week was the fortieth birthday of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Described by a government minister as the most successful consumer group in Europe, it revolutionised (or perhaps counter-revolutionised) the beer market in the UK. Contrary to popular myth, CAMRA was not … Continue reading

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Why don’t journalists link to their sources?

Ben Goldacre has a piece in today’s Guardian criticising journalists who don’t link to primary sources. He quotes examples of spurious stories in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, which completely distorted the results of academic studies to support some quite bonkers … Continue reading

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Name that behaviour

On Wednesday I wrote about avoiding combat mode in arguments and other difficult conversations. Of course, this can be hard to do in the moment, especially when you are being verbally attacked by someone. One way of deflecting such attacks is to … Continue reading

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Difficult conversations – avoiding the combat mentality

If you only read one thing today, make it this excellent guide to difficult conversations from the Harvard Business review. The first mistake we make, say Sarah Green and Holly Weeks, is to fall into a combat mentality. As soon as we … Continue reading

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That public sector pensions timebomb

Everyone knows there is a public sector pensions timebomb. All these highly paid public servants are starting to retire on huge pensions and, if the government doesn’t do something about it soon, the cost of these pensions will become unsustainable … Continue reading

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Employment law update with Darren Newman and Steve Gibbons

It’s always a good idea to keep your employment law knowledge up to date. Even if you don’t use it on a day-to-day basis, it helps, in any business role, to have an awareness of the latest legislation and case-law. On 17 … Continue reading

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