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Employers urged to retain staff

05 Jan 09

Businesses should look to hold on to their staff if at all possible during the downturn.

Small firms struggling to offer 'adequate' pension provision

05 Jan 09

A new survey has revealed that 90 per cent of defined benefit pension schemes run by small firms have been closed to new entrants.

Help with online tax return filing problems

02 Jan 09

People who encounter problems when attempting to submit their 31 January tax returns online have been given advice on what steps they can take to help avoid a late filing penalty.

Pension packages no longer vital to recruitment

02 Jan 09

The contraction of the employment market has meant that prospective employees do not see an attractive pensions package as essential to their decision to accept or reject a job offer.