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1/3/2019
Despite record employment, nearly 10% of adults have never done paid workThumbnail for article : Despite record employment, nearly 10% of adults have never done paid work
While UK employment is at record levels, there are still millions of people across the country who have never had a paid job.  What are their reasons for not working?.  
Nuclear Decommissioning - Demolition Starts On Windscale ChimneyThumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning - Demolition Starts On Windscale Chimney
The first blocks of concrete have been removed from the top of one of the world's most recognisable chimneys.   This marks the start of the demolition of Sellafield's Windscale Pile One stack.  
1/3/2019
New random number generator - ERNIE 5Thumbnail for article : New random number generator - ERNIE 5
Premium Bonds take a quantum leap as new random number generator, ERNIE 5, picks two new jackpot winners for March 2019.   ERNIE has regenerated for the first time in 15 years, and is using quantum technology to generate random numbers.  
1/3/2019
Young People Not In Education, Employment Or Training - NEETThumbnail for article : Young People Not In Education, Employment Or Training - NEET
Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: February 2019.   For October to December 2018:.  
1/3/2019
One Month To Go Before Introduction Of Making Tax Digital For VATThumbnail for article : One Month To Go Before Introduction Of Making Tax Digital For VAT
Businesses are being urged to get ready as over 2,000 businesses are signing up for Making Tax Digital for VAT each day.   Almost 1.2 million businesses have one month to go before the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) - a new way of keeping business records and submitting digital VAT returns.  
1/3/2019
Potential Consequences Of Too Many Extra Working HoursThumbnail for article : Potential Consequences Of Too Many Extra Working Hours
Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft reacts to TUC's latest study.   An employer whose workforce regularly stays past their normal hours may count themselves lucky that their team has a ‘good work ethic'.  
Highland Council In Talks To Reopen Caithness HorizonsThumbnail for article : Highland Council In Talks To Reopen Caithness Horizons
Talks have taken place on the possibility of reopening Thurso's Caithness Horizons which closed last week due to financial problems.   The operators of the museum and art gallery said increasing running costs and reduced income had made the running of the site "unsustainable".  
28/2/2019
NHS Highland Chairman David Alston ResignsThumbnail for article : NHS Highland Chairman David Alston Resigns
Widely reported today that the chairman of NHS Highland has resigned just weeks after the Chief Executive Elaine Mead resigned.   Scottish Labour's Shadow Health Minister, and Highlands and Islands MSP, David Stewart, said: "While I wish David Alston all the best, the appointment of well-respected Boyd Robertson heralds a new chapter for NHS Highland which has not had its troubles to seek in the past few years.  
New Keep Safe Locations In The HighlandsThumbnail for article : New Keep Safe Locations In The Highlands
Police Scotland and the I Am Me charity have welcomed new members to the network of Highland premises which have agreed to make their premises a Keep Safe place for people to go if they feel frightened, distressed or have been the victim of crime.   Nairn Citizens Advice Bureau and the Co-ops in Golspie and Brora have joined the initiative, which is delivered in partnership between I Am Me and Police Scotland.  
Scottish Apprenticeship Events in Thurso and WickThumbnail for article : Scottish Apprenticeship Events in Thurso and Wick
North Highland college have two information evenings next week for Scottish Apprenticeship week to promote the Foundation Apprenticeships available to pupils in Thurso and Wick at North Highland College UHI.   Entry is FREE..  
28/2/2019
Private equity professionals highly concerned about a change in UK governmentThumbnail for article : Private equity professionals highly concerned about a change in UK government
Private equity professionals highly concerned about a change in UK government, JCRA research reveals.   Two in five (40%) private equity industry professionals believe that a change in UK government is the biggest risk to their investment appetite in the UK, compared to 20% who selected a no deal Brexit.  
28/2/2019
Local Rail Development Fund Re-opens For Further ApplicationsThumbnail for article : Local Rail Development Fund Re-opens For Further Applications
The Local Rail Development Fund has re-opened for further applications from community led initiatives.   This follows on from the first round, which saw almost £700k awarded to ten communities to take forward development works which will consider rail solutions to local transport issues.  
28/2/2019
Establishment Of Scottish National Bank Takes Step ForwardThumbnail for article : Establishment Of Scottish National Bank Takes Step Forward
Legislation to support the establishment and capitalisation of the Scottish National Investment Bank has been published by the Scottish Parliament.   The Bill grants the necessary powers to set up the Bank which will provide financing for businesses through their whole life cycle and for important infrastructure projects to catalyse private sector investment.  
28/2/2019
£32 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year in UKThumbnail for article : £32 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year in UK
Workers in the UK put in more than £32 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year - TUC analysis.   More than 5 million UK workers put in a total of 2 billion unpaid hours in 2018 The average person doing unpaid overtime has worked the year so far for free Employers must not steal their workers' time, TUC warns UK companies claimed £32.7 billion of free labour last year because of workers' doing unpaid overtime, according to new analysis of official statistics published today (Friday) by the TUC.  
28/2/2019
Scotland To Suffer Under UK Immigration ProposalsThumbnail for article : Scotland To Suffer Under UK Immigration Proposals
The UK Government's immigration plans could reduce the number of workers in Scotland by up to five per cent over the next two decades, an expert panel has warned.   That is in contrast to the rest of the UK, where the working age population will grow even as UK policy changes cut the number of migrant workers, according to analysis by a panel advising the Scottish Government.  
Finance For Non Finance ManagersThumbnail for article : Finance For Non Finance Managers
This course is designed for managers and businesses owners to develop their skills in interpreting business documents to use them for business planning.   9.00AM Fri 22 March 2019 to 4.30PM Fri 22 March 2019 Cost £135 Finance for Non Finance Managers:.  
28/2/2019
£11m funding boost to support ‘innovation revolution' in Scottish construction sectorThumbnail for article : £11m funding boost to support ‘innovation revolution' in Scottish construction sector
More than 1,800 new construction jobs are expected to be created after the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) received almost £11 million of core funding to support the sector to innovate, modernise and grow.   The investment from the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise will allow CSIC to build on the foundations of a highly successful first five years and support its Phase 2 mission to mainstream innovation in construction, leading to improved productivity and growth within the sector.  
28/2/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sheep sale - 28 February 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sheep sale - 28 February 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (February, 28th) sold 2,516 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (1,449) averaged £54.49 and sold to £80 gross twice for pens of Texel crosses from Wester Moy, Urray and 134 West Langwell, Rogart.  
28/2/2019
Delivery Of Disability Assistance To Start In 2020Thumbnail for article : Delivery Of Disability Assistance To Start In 2020
Timetable for remaining devolved benefits outlined.   Responsibility for all devolved benefits, including their funding, will sit with the Scottish Government from 1 April next year, with delivery for disability benefits rolled out shortly after.  
28/2/2019
NHS Highland Medical Director Stepping DownThumbnail for article : NHS Highland Medical Director Stepping Down
NHS Highland announced today that Dr Rod Harvey has decided to step down from his position of Board Medical Director and take retirement with effect from the 31st August 2019.   By the time of his retirement he will have worked continuously in the NHS for thirty seven years, but nevertheless intends to return to a period of frontline clinical care as a consultant physician before stopping work altogether.