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News that unemployment levels have risen to 2.494 million in the second quarter of the year indicates that the private sector is struggling, at the moment, to take up the slack caused by lay offs in the public sector.

A leading business group has urged the Government to extend a scheme that allows employers and employees to try a role before offering or accepting a permanent position.

Research by the CIPD has shown that over a half (54 per cent) of potential employees look for employers who provide a good pay and benefits package as opposed to job satisfaction.

The UK's leading employers' group has urged greater efforts to encourage
more teenagers to study core science subjects, arguing that they are key to re-balancing the economy.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has set up a special helpline for those businesses affected by the riots that swept across several English cities.

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