UK wage growth picks up to 11-year high – BBC News

UK wage growth picks up to 11-year high – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Wage growth in the UK picked up to 3.9% in the year to June, the highest rate for 11 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, the unemployment rate from April to June showed a slight rise. The employment rate was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since […]

Cauliflowers dwindle in UK as extreme weather takes its toll – The Guardian

Britain is in the grip of a cauliflower crisis, with supermarket shelves emptying after heavy rain destroyed this year’s crop in Lincolnshire, while alternative European supplies are drying up after the continental heatwave. Tesco only has organic cauliflowers left for sale on its online site, telling buyers that standard single cauliflowers and large cauliflowers are […]

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners – The Guardian

John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnson’s government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the Iran nuclear deal and the role of the Chinese technology firm […]

UK lender trials voice banking with Google Home – CNBC

NatWest is trialing voice banking in the U.K. using the Google Assistant via Google Home smart speakers or a smartphone. The three-month pilot will involve 500 customers, according to the bank, which is a member of the RBS Group. They will be able to ask questions about their account balance and recent transactions and will […]

More holidays and better pay would boost productivity, says thinktank – The Guardian

More holidays and better pay would boost productivity, says thinktank – The Guardian

Giving workers more public holidays and raising their wages could boost the strength of the British economy, according to a report. The New Economics Foundation said that driving up the spending power of consumers would give firms a greater incentive to raise their productivity, as they could have greater confidence there would be demand for […]

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