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Sound reasoning on national wage settlements – from LibDems

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Via Time for the Lib Dems to blow the final whistle on national wage settlements: Unsurprisingly, recruitment and retention rates in the most deprived parts of the country are well below those of the more affluent. Under normal market conditions, this would be reflected in the pay and conditions: tougher work would be better rewarded. In this country, we hope that our public sector ethos will somehow make up the difference, that there will be enough local heroes willing to […]

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The scandal of government dodging tax and employment law – in health

While consultants in the software industry have long had to worry about IR35 rules designed to promote employment and enforce higher tax rates, it seems the British Government previously chose to use just the arrangements it sought to stop. The Telegraph reports: Jonathan Baume, general secretary of the First Division Association (FDA) which represents senior civil servants, said pay among the highest-ranking staff needed to be more “transparent”. His comments come after it was disclosed that more than 25 senior Department […]

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