There were few surprises for employers in today's budget, the first delivered since the snap general election in June.
Flexible working options should be a standard offering in new roles if employers and recruiters are to meet the challenges of the labour market.
More than four in 10 (42%) UK businesses have cancelled digital projects in the past two years, losing on average £483,690 each time, a study by Fujitsu has found.
Retail pay settlements hold steady at 2% and look set to remain at this level.
Pay awards across the private sector are worth a median 2% in the year to the end of August 2017, but some variation exists by industry.
Low pay growth continues in the charity sector.
The chemicals sector, once renowned for awarding higher pay rises than others, is now awarding increases at the same level as other parts of the economy.
The construction industry has recorded one of the highest median pay awards of any sector over the past year.
More pay deals pitched at a higher level than last year as median in the utilities sector rises to 2%.
Engineering sector pay awards are flat at 2% despite more buoyant trading conditions.
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