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Number of workers on zero-hours contracts up by 19%
The TUC secretary general, Frances O'Grady, has challenged ministers and business leaders to try to survive on a zero-hours contract.
19 per cent rise in zero hours contracts recorded across Britain over the last ...  
Rise in number of zero-hours workers  
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BRUSSELS—Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A -4.50 % PLC cleared a major hurdle in its planned takeover of natural gas firm BG Group BRGYY -4.23 % PLC after Europe's top antitrust regulator approved the deal unconditionally.
Britain's construction industry expanded at a healthy pace in August, according to the key survey of the sector, boosting hopes that economic growth remained resilient into the third quarter.
Britain's next �20 note will be printed on plastic in a move designed to make the UK's currency more secure and durable. The new �20 design will be the third banknote to be printed on polymer, the Bank of England announced on Wednesday, following a ...
A stock exchange hall in Haikou, Hainan Province of China, today. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images. Graeme Wearden.
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