Cameron: the Tories are for everyone

‘It’s tough. These are difficult times, we’re being tested,’ prime minister to tell delegates at party conference David Cameron will seek to prevent Ed Miliband’s “one nation” Labour driving him from the common ground of British politics on Wednesday, asserting that his brand of compassionate Conservatism is not just for the strong, but also the […]


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Forget the nanny state. This is mollycoddling business | Zoe Williams

The youth contract hands out sweeteners to train unpaid youngesters. When did employment become a social service? The youth contract is one of those initiatives that made very little impression until a select committee started worrying about it. In its report, the committee concludes that it’s well-intended but probably won’t meet its own targets – […]


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G4S Olympic effort shows limits of private sector, says Philip Hammond

Defence secretary praises military rescue of Games security and says lessons can be learned The failure by G4S to meet the Olympics security requirements have shown the limitations of private sector companies taking on public sector contracts, the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, said. In an interview with the Independent he said: “I came into the […]


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My manager often works from home, and I have to field for her

It’s taking a lot of getting used to, and I too would like to work from home sometimes On Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement, so readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best […]


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My responsibilities have increased but my salary is still £18K

I was hired as an assistant but am essentially an account manager – but my boss won’t look at my salary until my review On Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement, so readers can offer their own advice and […]


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Improve the civil service: focus more on middle 80%

Maximising the potential of civil servants between ‘high flyers’ and ‘slackers’ is the key to better performance As organisations strive to enhance the efficiency and productivity of their workforce, there is inevitably a focus on the effectiveness of performance management and, in particular, appraisal systems. Sir Bob Kerslake, head of the civil service, sparked debate […]


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Ex-mid/back-office support worker: ‘I’m a casualty of market conditions’ | Joris Luyendijk

An unemployed operations worker tells Joris Luyendijk about redundancy and feeling intimidated by traders • This monologue is part of a series in which people across the financial sector speak about their working lives “Is there any appetite to hear the plight of an unemployed banker in a more modest middle-office role?”, he wrote in […]


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