UK hiring speeds up, pay inflation sharpest since early 2008
Photo: ITV Exposure Religious leaders appeared willing to agree to perform underage marriages at some mosques across the UK, an ITV investigation has discovered. Two undercover reporters called 56 mosques for Exposure to ask whether they would perform the marriage of a 14-year-old girl. Two-thirds of those contacted refused to perform the marriage, and many of them made clear they found the request abhorrent. But 18 of the respondents spoken to agreed. An undercover reporter called the Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre, in Manchester, posing as a single mother who wanted to have an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, for her 14-year-old daughter. The Imam at this mainstream mosque, with a congregation of one thousand, told her “that’s not going to be a problem”. The Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre and the Imam were approached for comment but have not responded to the programme. Around 400 schoolchildren mainly girls from South Asian communities – are forced into marriage every year in the UK, according to official Government figures. The vast majority of forced marriages of British children happen abroad, according to official statistics. But the Exposure investigation has been told by experts in the field that children as young as 10 are being forced into marriage in the UK. “Meera” said she was married in the UK when she was 15-years-old. She told the programme she found the experience so devastating that she has not been able to tell her friends or family, and she remains trapped in her forced marriage, 40 years on. Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS North West, told Exposure that “forced marriage is probably the last form of slavery in the UK”.
Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor LONDON | Tue Oct 8, 2013 12:20am BST LONDON (Reuters) – Hiring for permanent jobs in Britain gained pace last month and salaries posted the fastest rise in nearly six years, adding to signs of labour market strength which could bring forward a rise in interest rates. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said on Tuesday that its seasonally adjusted index of permanent staff placements rose to 62.2 from 61.3 in August, matching levels common before the financial crisis. Readings above 50 indicate growth in appointments compared with a month earlier. Salaries awarded to people placed in permanent positions rose at the fastest pace since February 2008. “(The) figures show the jobs market continues to be the success story in the UK economy, with all regions and sectors experiencing growth,” said REC chief executive Kevin Green. “The number of people being placed into permanent roles has now been growing continually for a year.” The REC survey, co-sponsored by business consultants KPMG, chimes with the predominant view in financial markets that Britain’s central bank will raise interest rates much earlier than it has indicated. The Bank of England said in August it would keep borrowing costs at 0.5 percent while unemployment remained above 7 percent, something it expected for at least another three years. The official jobless rate now stands at 7.7 percent. The Bank also said it would drop its commitment to ultra-low rates if inflation looked likely to get out of control. Overall vacancies and temporary job placements are rising sharply and pay for temporary workers is also picking up, the REC poll of recruitment agencies found. That chimes with other recent data, including surveys of purchasing managers in services, manufacturing and construction which showed the fastest rise in employment in six years in September. REC said demand for permanent and temporary workers was growing. Permanent construction staff were the most sought after as government schemes to encourage house building and infrastructure projects made an impact. (Reporting by Olesya Dmitracova; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)
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Google UK Ltd’s Tax Rate Was Actually 83.8% Of Profits So What Were The Guardian Talking About?
Margaret Hodge, the chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee who earlier this year accused Google of breaking its company motto of dont be evil said it had once again shown contempt for its customers and UK taxpayers. Googles complex tax arrangements, under which sales are booked in Ireland but revenues funnelled to a subsidiary in the tax haven of Bermuda, help the group pay minimal tax on the billions it earns outside the US. Google UK said in its latest accounts that it earned pre-tax profits of 37m on a turnover of 506m. The thing is, Google didnt pay 11.6 million in tax on that 37 million profit. Its paid 30.8 million in tax on that profit of 37 million for a tax rate of 83.8%. The actual accounts I have here. And as you can see the numbers The Guardian are using are simply wrong. The reason why theyre wrong is also simple enough to explain. Google was expensing certain of the stock awards that theyve made to staff. HMRC has, possibly correctly, insisted that these are not in fact tax-deductible expenses. They might well be correct under IFRS but theyre not under the tax rules: therefore previous tax deductions taken have to be reversed and the tax paid.