Shortage of skilled staff biggest obstacle for manufacturing SMEs

Skilled staff shortages are the most acute in manufacturing, technology and telecommunication sectors. That’s according to a new survey, which states finding skilled staff is the main challenge for 50% of more than 1,000 small and medium businesses (SMEs) planning to grow their headcount in the next two years. The technology sector is one of the […]

UK shale firm IGas to cut more than 25% staff

Shale gas company IGas plans to cut more than a quarter of its staff and close an office in Stirling. The company, which has around 200 employees, said the cuts were due to the lower price of oil. It said: “In light of the prevailing oil price environment, IGas has undertaken a review of its […]

Higher radiation levels detected at Sellafield

Staff at Sellafield nuclear waste processing plant have been told not to come to work unless they are “essential” after higher radiation levels were detected at the site. The West Cumbrian site processes used nuclear fuel from closed power plants in the UK as well as “spent” fuel from abroad. Sellafield said the reduced manning […]

Nationwide teaching staff to be efficient

The world’s largest building society Nationwide is teaching its staff to become more energy efficient with an online behaviour change tool. Working with advisors at the Carbon Trust, the firm hopes to save money and cut carbon emissions by teaching workers in its branches with a software programme called Empower. The online tool uses a […]