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Erin O’Neill is an LSBF News Writer who reports on small business, careers, technology and education news.

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Meaningful work most important to finance professionals, research shows

September 08 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Finance workers have cited meaningful work as the top reason for choosing a job in new research from financial recruitment company Core-Asset Consulting.

The study surveyed 194 professionals from Scotland’s financial, accounting and legal sectors. It revealed the top factors taken into account by individuals choosing a job, with 28.31 per cent of respondents ranking meaningful work as the most important.

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UK one of the most popular locations for international business

September 01 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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The UK has been named one of the most popular locations to be sent on international business in Santa Fe Relocation’s 2017 Global Mobility Survey, “Embedding Business Strategy in Global Mobility”.

The study, which was conducted by Circle Research and is in its 7th year, surveyed almost 1,000 global mobility teams and business leaders, and found that 8 per cent of international business assignments are arranged for the UK, despite concerns over the decision to leave the EU.

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UK workers retraining to meet technology demands, report shows

August 31 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Recruiters have shared their views on skill development and career progression, with employers in some sectors reporting that they have seen an increase in fresh talent as UK workers retrain to meet the demand of changing technology.

This comes as research from professional services and Big Four firm PwC found that UK workers are willing to learn new skills or retrain for a new career.

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Survey reveals communication preferences of UK banking customers

July 31 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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A survey from technology company Avaya has revealed how banking customers in the UK prefer to be contacted by their bank.

The research, which surveyed 2,345 banking customers and was carried out by YouGov, found that 60 per cent of Brits prefer to go directly to their bank’s website or use automated services instead of speaking to their bank directly.

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Santander becomes first UK bank to launch talking ATMs

July 25 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Santander has become the first bank in the UK to launch talking ATMs for customers who are blind or partially sighted.

The ATMs have been launched in association with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Digital Accessibility Centre and are available in all of the bank’s branches.

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Research reveals how UK workers feel about remote working

July 24 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Research from communication technology company Polycom, Inc has revealed how UK workers feel about remote working, with older workers and millennials being found to have regularly taken advantage of working this way.

The research showed that 63 per cent of people in the UK now work remotely, with fear of working longer hours being revealed to be the main concern among people who work this way

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TSB becomes first bank to offer iris recognition technology

July 21 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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TSB is to become the first bank in Europe to provide iris recognition technology through its mobile banking app.

The service will be launched in September 2017 and will be available to TSB customers free of charge.

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London a top city for female entrepreneurs, according to research

July 20 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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London has been named as one of the top cities globally for female entrepreneurs in research from Dell Technologies.

The 2017 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index revealed the top 50 global cities for creating and fostering an environment for high-potential women entrepreneurs (HPWE), with London earning a place in the top five.

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UK salaries up by over 8% year-on-year, figures show

July 19 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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The latest figures from recruitment software solutions company Recruitive have shown an 8.15 per cent increase in UK salaries compared with data from June 2016.

The figures showed an increase in salaries year-on-year and month-on-month in a number of cities across the UK, despite uncertainty after the General Election in June.

 

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REC brings together experts to prepare for jobs market challenges

June 15 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has launched a review that brings together leading employers, academics, and labour market experts to help recruiters and employers to prepare for challenges in the labour market.

The Future of Jobs commission will aim to provide insight to the new UK government about how demographic and technological changes will impact the UK labour market.

 

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REC brings together experts to prepare for jobs market challenges

June 15 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has launched a review that brings together leading employers, academics, and labour market experts to help recruiters and employers to prepare for challenges in the labour market.

The Future of Jobs commission will aim to provide insight to the new UK government about how demographic and technological changes will impact the UK labour market.

 

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British businesses are optimistic about recruitment plans, report shows

June 15 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Businesses in Britain are feeling optimistic about their recruitment plans, with some still looking to boost their headcount despite political and economic uncertainty over Brexit and the general election, according to a report from ManpowerGroup.

The report surveyed 2,109 UK employers and asked them whether they planned to take on additional staff or reduce their employee numbers over the next quarter. The report found that businesses have a positive outlook of 5 per cent when it comes to hiring new staff.

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Work perks could be key to workplace success, research shows

June 14 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Work perks could help to boost morale and enable employers to get the most out of their employees, according to research from packaged bank account claims specialist Banking Refunds.

The research surveyed over 1,500 British workers, exploring their attitudes on workplace perks and benefits, and found that over 35 per cent feel happier at work when receiving perks.

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Mobile banking rising in popularity, research shows

June 08 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Mobile banking is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with more people using a smartphone to access their bank account on a regular basis, according to research from market research company Forrester.

The European Financial Services Survey surveyed 3,870 online consumers in the UK and found that 35 per cent of respondents use a smartphone to log into their bank account every month, whilst 21 per cent use a tablet and 1 per cent use a smartwatch. 

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Research reveals highest-paid jobs for women

May 29 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Research from Savoystewart.co.uk has revealed the top ten industries that have the smallest pay gap and offer the highest-paid jobs for women in the UK.

The research analysed figures from the Office for National Statistics and identified the industries that have a pay gap of less than 10 per cent.

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Barclays to create 100 new jobs for private banking expansion

May 23 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Barclays is to create 100 new jobs as part of the bank’s plan to expand its private banking business and attract wealthy clients.

The new roles come three years after Barclays ended its first expansion plan, which was launched in 2010. 

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Female entrepreneurs to help strengthen London’s connections with Silicon Valley

May 22 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Fifteen female entrepreneurs running businesses with an average growth rate of 115 per cent annually will be travelling to the US to strengthen London’s connections with Silicon Valley and learn about global opportunities.

The three-day event, which will take place on 19th June and will be led by London & Partners Chairman Rajesh Agrawal, London & Partners Principal Advisor on Growth Janet Coyle and SVC2UK Co-Founder and Chair Sherry Coutu CBE, will give female founders the opportunity to connect with US founders and potential clients and investors.

 

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City of London is a key global hub for fintech companies

May 17 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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The City of London has become a key global hub for fintech companies over the past decade, according to UHY Hacker Young.

Research from the national accountancy group showed significant growth in the City’s economy, making it the strongest in the UK over the past decade.

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Barclays searching for top female talent in North West

May 11 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Barclays is searching for female business talent in the North West region for the bank’s Celebrating North West Women in Business Awards 2017.

The awards will be recognising women and female-led businesses that have made a difference in business over the past year, with finalists being given the opportunity to attend an awards lunch at Tatton Park, Knutsford on Thursday 6 July. 

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Study reveals banking preferences of UK adults

May 09 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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A study commissioned by Lithium Technologies has revealed the banking preferences of adults in the UK, with over 60 per cent saying that they would prefer to do their banking online than at a physical branch.

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Fintech investment reaches two-year high in 2017, report shows

May 01 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Fintech investment between the UK and mainland Europe reached a two-year high in 2017 despite the uncertainties over Brexit, according to a report from professional services and Big Four firm KPMG.

The report showed that fintechs in the UK attracted $226 million in venture capital (VC) funding in the first quarter of the year, up by 28 per cent from $178 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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University education stimulates brain, finds research

April 25 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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UK researchers have found that the brain is more stimulated when a person goes to university or takes up a leadership role at their workplace.

They believe that this can make people less prone to brain-related illnesses, such as dementia.  

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UK investors continuing with plans despite Brexit, research shows

April 11 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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A report from Market Finance Solutions has shown that investors in the UK are forging ahead with their investment plans despite Brexit.

Out of the 1,000 investors who were surveyed, 37 per cent believe that the upcoming Brexit negotiations will provide a good opportunity for short-term investment.

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Entrepreneurs reveal benefits of remote working in new research

April 04 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Entrepreneurs have revealed the top benefits of remote working in new research from insurance company Direct Line.

The research revealed the best places for small business owners to work, with coffee shops being named as the top choice, cited by 27 per cent of respondents.

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Businesses should tackle gender pay gap, says Young Women’s Trust

April 03 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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Businesses need to take action to help tackle the gender pay gap, according to Young Women’s Trust.

The charity, which provides support for women aged 16 to 30 who are on low or no income, is calling for more support as new reporting requirements are set to be put into action this week. 

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