UK 2013: 4,000 queue in the hope of getting a job at a new shopping centre Queues formed two hours before the jobs fair opened its doorsJob seekers had to park a mile away because so many people were therePositions were sought at new 84million shopping centre with 56 shops By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 13:06 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:39 GMT, 29 March 2013 Some wore smart suits, others were dressed down in jeans.
Recovery is in sight, says Sir Mervyn: Bank of England chief gives Chancellor a boost ahead of the Budget By Becky Barrow and Hugo Duncan PUBLISHED: 01:20 GMT, 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:20 GMT, 15 March 2013 The Bank of England's governor said last night that the 'recovery is in sight' in a boost for the Chancellor ahead of his Budget next week. In a rare television interview, Sir Mervyn King said Britain's anaemic economic growth is finally drawing to an end following the long and painful downturn. It comes at a time of growing fears that the country could be heading for a triple-dip recession, but his comments suggest any further slump will be short-lived.
Rugby player who shattered his kidney in FOUR places and had injuries 'worse than a 70mph' car crash makes miracle recovery Kieran O'Connor, 22, was accidentally kneed in the back by a rival playerLost six pints of blood during emergency surgery to remove the organCan now never play rugby again as only has one kidney remaining By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:17 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:24 GMT, 13 March 2013 An innocuous rugby tackle led to Kieran O'Connor suffering kidney injuries worse than a '70mph car crash victim' A rugby player has made a miraculous recovery after shattering his kidney in four places following an innocuous tackle. Kieran O'Connor, 22, had his kidney 'disintegrated' when a rival player accidentally kneed him in the back as they both went for the ball in the last minute of a match earlier this month
Number of people in employment hits record level with almost 30 million in work – but the squeeze on wages continuesMore Britons are in work than ever before as unemployment falls to 7.8%But wages rise by just 1.4% to 472 per week, with inflation at 2.7%'UK is now ahead of international rivals', claims Iain Duncan Smith By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 10:17 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 GMT, 20 February 2013 A huge rise in employment means that there are more people in work than every before, with almost 30million Britons holding jobs, it was revealed today. And the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance has fallen to its lowest level in nearly two years.
Families put big spending on hold to pay off their mortgages as debt falls by 8bn in three months Homeowners paid off more than they borrowed in the third quarter of 2012It was the 18th quarter in a row that mortgage debt has fallen . It was the 18th quarter in a row that mortgage debt has fallen, and families have now ploughed 137.5billion of equity into their homes since early 2008. The injection of equity – which increases the proportion that households own against the proportion that is mortgaged – is in stark contrast to the borrowing binge of the decade before the financial crisis struck
Margaret Thatcher leaves hospital after operation to remove growth from her bladder Surgery was 'minimally invasive' and former PM said to be in good spirits | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 29 December 2012 .
UK High Streets set for nightmare 2013: 140 retail chains 'could fail next year' as consumers look to online bargains | UPDATED: 09:15 GMT, 24 December 2012 Consumer cutbacks and the increasing popularity of online retailers mean around 140 retailers could soon join Comet in collapsing into administration, according to research by business recovery experts. A number of national or regional retail chains could fail in 2013, says Begbies Traynor, which warns that those on its critical watch list are unlikely to see the year out. Its research measures corporate distress levels among businesses across the UK
No 10 sends a 'Get Well' Tweet to Lady Thatcher (and we're sure she's glued to Twitter) Former prime minister admitted to hospital suffering with abdominal pains'Minimally invasive' operation was 'completely satisfactory'Baroness Thatcher expected to remain in hospital for a few days to recover | UPDATED: 16:49 GMT, 23 December 2012 Operation: Baroness Thatcher is 'absolutely fine' following the surgery, a spokeswoman said Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was kept in hospital last night as she recovers from a minor operation. Friends said it was likely that the ex-Tory party leader would spend Christmas there after surgeons removed a growth from her bladder.
Going out with a bang: Nasa prepares to crash probes into the surface of the moon in dramatic finale to year-long lunar mission The twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft will crash on Monday nightMarks end of a year-long mission to the moon | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 14 December 2012 A year-long mission to learn what lies beneath the lunar surface will culminate next week with Nasa crashing a pair of small robotic science probes into the moon.
Record 24m jobs in private sector as the state payroll shrinks to its smallest number in a decade Number of private sector workers has jumped by 627,000 in the past yearPublic sector now employs 5.7million compared to 23.9million employed by the private sectorJobless rate falls to 7.8% as 82,000 are no longer unemployed29.6million Britons now have a job – the highest number in historyAverage wage increases 1.8% leaving many worse off with inflation at 2.7%Figures also show 'deeply troubling' scale of long-term unemployment | UPDATED: 23:13 GMT, 12 December 2012 Around 24million people in Britain are working in the private sector, the highest number since records began, the Office for National Statistics said yesterday. Over the past year, the number of private sector workers has jumped by 627,000 – while the number of public sector workers has dropped by 128,000. The public sector is now the smallest it has been for a decade, employing 5.7million – while the private sector has hit 23.9million