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Mastercard joins ‘ethical’ loyalty scheme – can you benefit?

<b>Mastercard customers can now use ethical loyalty scheme Ice as another way to earn rewards on everyday spending.</b><p>Ice is a bit unusual compared to …

FinTech

Barclays is the latest lender to encourage first-time buyers into buy-to-let

Barclays has become the latest major lender to allow first-time buyers to borrow money to buy a property to let rather than to live in.<p>It joins NatWest and a number of smaller building societies in offering buy-to-let mortgages to younger buyers who do not already own property.<p>This sort of offer, …

What 2018 Holds for the Future of Work

The digital workplace will fundamentally change the way we work. Established and emerging technologies play a big part in this, but our day to day …

Human Resources

Ryanair Christmas strike: What has caused the row and which flights will be affected?

Ryanair pilots have suspended a one-day strike in the run-up to Christmas after the airline made an historic climbdown in agreeing to recognise unions for the first time in its 33-year history.<p>What’s happened?<p>The Irish carrier on Friday morning said it had written to pilot unions in Ireland, the …

The final countdown: MiFID II is coming, ready or not

With just three weeks to go before the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), how close is the industry to …

Barclays bank bod in the cooler for aiding Dridex money launderers

Six years' porridge. Dridex not laundry soap – it's a TrojanAn employee of Barclays Bank who laundered thousands of pounds on behalf of Moldovan …

Corruption

South Africa whistleblower aids HSBC money laundering investigation

A whistleblower is aiding UK financial regulators’ investigation into alleged money laundering in South Africa by British banks including HSBC, it has emerged.<p>The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is probing FTSE 100 lenders HSBC and Standard Chartered’s claimed links to alleged illegal activities …

24matins.uk

Politics<p>Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics, in a …

UK average wage growth undershoots inflation again squeezing real incomes

Weekly earnings across the UK grew at an annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the three months to October, up on last month’s figure but still …

Shell reveals gender pay gap of 22%

<b>Oil giant Shell says male staff working for the company on average earn 22% more than women in the UK.</b><p>Shell says that despite this, it is confident it pays equally for equal work, and the difference in pay rates is because of a skills gap, rather than sex discrimination.<p>The UK's biggest company is …

Gender

RBS to close one in four branches and shed 680 jobs

<b>RBS is closing 259 branches - one in four of its outlets - and cutting 680 jobs as more customers bank online.</b><p>The closures involve 62 Royal Bank of Scotland and 197 NatWest branches.<p>RBS, which is 71%-owned by the taxpayer, said it would try to ensure compulsory redundancies were "kept to an …

Customers

Morrisons data leak: Supermarket liable for staff details breach

<b>Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of its staff who stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online.</b><p>Workers brought a claim against the company after employee Andrew Skelton stole the data, including salary and bank details, of nearly 100,000 staff.<p>The …

Employment

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a 'precaution'

<b>Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software.</b><p>The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers on Saturday to say the move was a "precautionary decision".<p>UK cyber-security chiefs are warning …

Cybersecurity

UK service sector growth slows while prices rise

<b>Firms in the UK's key services sector raised prices at the fastest pace for nearly a decade last month as they faced higher costs for food, fuel and salaries, according to a survey.</b><p>The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) for services also said growth in the sector had slowed.<p>Growth in new …

Salaries & Wages

UK pension the lowest of advanced nations, says OECD

<b>The UK's State Pension is the least generous of all the most advanced economies in the world, according to a new report.</b><p>A study by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggests full-time workers in the UK do relatively poorly.<p>The report found that the average pensioner …

Pensions

Virgin Trains East Coast staff balloted for strike action

<b>Virgin Trains East Coast staff are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay and conditions.</b><p>The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said poor conditions were being imposed on workers as well as changes to working conditions and sick pay.<p>If members vote in favour of strike action, …

Virgin Trains

Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown

<b>Google says its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch.</b><p>The firm's DeepMind division says that it played 100 games against Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence

General Electric to shed 12,000 jobs

<b>General Electric is to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business, 18% of the division's global workforce.</b><p>The US industrial group expects the "painful but necessary" job losses to help save $1bn next year as demand for fossil fuel power plants wanes.<p>GE intends to cut 1,100 jobs from its UK power …

General Electric

Anger at Chancellor's disability employment comments

<b>The Chancellor has been criticised by a disabled charity for saying high levels of disabled people in the workforce may have had an impact on productivity.</b><p>Speaking to the Treasury Committee, Philip Hammond said the UK should be "extremely proud of high levels of participation by disabled …

Disability

Bitcoin breaks through the $16,000 mark

<b>Bitcoin has breached the $16,000 mark, extending the digital currency's record-breaking surge.</b><p>The cryptocurrency began the year below $1,000 but continues to rise despite warnings of a dangerous bubble.<p>According to Coindesk.com, Bitcoin reached $16,663.18 (£12, 358.35), having soared over 50% in a …

Cryptocurrency

Primark and Sports Direct named for underpaying staff

<b>Primark and Sports Direct have had to pay thousands of pounds back to staff for paying them below the minimum wage.</b><p>The retailers had to repay the most of 260 firms named on the government's list for paying their staff below the legal minimum.<p>Primark had to repay £231,973.12 mainly due to charging …

Human Geography

Chat and pay: How social media is beating the banks

"Great night last night, how much do I owe you for the dinner? £25? Here you go."<p>It's a conversation most of us have had in person, but these days it's happening increasingly on social media.<p>The chat could take place on Facebook's Messenger service and finish with a simple click to transfer the …

Social Media

Three football clubs 'shamed' for underpaying staff

<b>Three Scottish football clubs have been "named and shamed" for underpaying staff.</b><p>Motherwell, Greenock Morton and Falkirk were on a list of employers not paying the minimum wage.<p>A list of 28 employers breaching pay rules in Scotland was released by the UK government as part of its campaign to force …

Trading

Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand

<b>Cold-callers trying to sell pensions could be banned by next summer if the government takes action now, a group of MPs has demanded.</b><p>Members of the Work and Pensions Committee said that otherwise, the ban may not happen until 2020.<p>The MPs want the government to include the measure in a bill, which …

Cold Calling

HSBC prosecution threat in US lifted

<b>HSBC is no longer under threat of prosecution in the US over allegations of money laundering in Mexico.</b><p>It signed a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) - a form of probation - with the US Department of Justice in 2012 to avoid facing criminal charges for allegedly laundering hundreds of millions …

Corruption

Bitcoin futures trading begins on CBOE exchange in Chicago

<b>Bitcoin has begun trading on a major exchange for the first time.</b><p>The digital currency launched on the CBOE futures exchange in Chicago at 23:00 GMT Sunday, allowing investors to bet on whether Bitcoin prices will rise or fall.<p>Its value had surged in the run-up to its futures debut, which saw it …

Cryptocurrency

Mortgage safety net 'disappearing'

<b>Ministers should consider strengthening the safety net for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage, a report suggests.</b><p>Help for this group introduced in response to the financial crisis will be largely withdrawn by 2022.<p>Academics, commissioned by lenders' trade body UK Finance, said the …

Interest Rates

Labour may move parts of Bank of England to Birmingham

<b>The old lady of Threadneedle Street may have to leave her home of 283 years under Labour plans to move large parts of the Bank of England to Birmingham.</b><p>A report, commissioned by Labour, claims banks have distorted the economy by lending to "unproductive sectors".<p>Shadow chancellor John McDonnell …

Bank of England

Bank of England move: Birmingham's financial credentials

<b>With plans mooted to move part of the Bank of England from London to Birmingham, could the second city's landmark bull be set to give the charging bovine of Wall Street a run for its money?</b><p>Probably not. But the move - put forward by Labour - would continue Birmingham's history as a city at the …

Financial Services

UK inflation rate at near six-year high

<b>Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued.</b><p>The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase.<p>The most recent data shows that average weekly wages are growing at just 2.2%.<p>Mark …

Inflation