Is your job title driving up your car insurance?

Want to keep your car insurance premium to the minimum? Well, there is something you should avoid – something that’s worse than having a crash, worse than doubling your annual mileage and worse than trading in your car for one that costs twice as much. It’s this: taking a job as a car salesmen.

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Your job title can have a huge impact on the cost of insuring your car. Car salesmen, for example, pay 13 times the average premium for fully comprehensive insurance. So, what other job titles jack up your

6 Jobs where pay is rising

With the economy beginning to grow, many people’s thoughts are turning to pay rises and how to get one. We look at six areas of the economy where the chances are good…

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Pay is on the rise, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) – just slowly. Its figures for the year to July 2014 show that regular pay (excluding bonuses) for employees in the UK was 0.9% higher than a year earlier, and total pay (including bonuses) for employees was 0.7% higher than a year earlier. That’s still below inflation, though, prompting us to

How to get a pay rise

Years of recession have seen a freeze in most people’s salaries, but now the economy has turned a corner isn’t it time we all got a share in the recovery – maybe in the shape of a pay rise?

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Of course, asking your boss for more money is no easy thing and there’s no guarantee of success. You need a plan, a strategy – and don’t forget there’s more than one way to bring home more in your pay packet.

Quirky perks – companies with unusual benefits

Tired of beanbags, pool tables and birthday cakes, we went in search of the companies who find really interesting ways to keep their staff interested.

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Internet outfits like Google and Facebook have long been famous for their eccentric offices and generous benefits. Work there and, in between your free massages and time spent meditating in the bamboo garden, it’s hard to believe anything actually gets done. Increasingly, though, British companies are showing that they can more than match the Silicon Valley perk-mania.

Is the City driving up IT salaries everywhere?

The City is a black hole for STEM talent, sucking in highly skilled scientists, mathematicians and IT professionals.

So much so, that many non-financial services businesses complain they can’t keep up with the salary expectations of top IT talent. So, is it true and, if it is, just how far from London can the City’s effects be felt?

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