UK national minimum wage set to rise by 20p an hour from October

The national minimum wage will reach £6.70 an hour, the largest real-terms rise in seven years, the Government has announced this morning

200 jobs created at outsourcing firm at its Sunderland and Middlesbrough operations

New jobs created after Firstsource Solutions wins contracts with a telecommunications provider and a high-profile UK bank

Developers in talks to to save £14m Newcastle student scheme after contractor's collapse

Work is continuing at Blandford Square despite administrators being called in at GB Group Holdings and GB Building Solutions Ltd

Redundancies at Reef Subsea UK as marine specialists fall into administration

Last month's bankruptcy of the Thornaby firm's Norwegian parent company forced directors to look for a speedy sale

Appointments: Vertu Motors appoints respected legal expert as general counsel

Our weekly round-up of professionals being promoted or recruited within the North East business community

Appointments: New apprentices spearhead skills investment at Gateshead’s Advantex

Advantex Network Solutions Ltd has linked up with City of Sunderland College and New College Durham to train seven new apprentices

Appointments: Further team expansion for leading contractor Surgo Construction

The latest duo to join Surgo’s growing team are Mike Pitchford and Grant Watson, both of whom bring with them immense industry experience

Employer Achievement Awards to celebrate North East SMEs who have upskilled staff

Employers who used Intraining's free Skills Support for the Workforce programme will compete at awards

Graham Robb: The North East economy isn't a perfect 10 - but it is in great shape

Institute of Directors North East chair Graham Robb looks ahead to a Budget that he hopes will solidify the North East recovery

Beth Farhat column: women must use the rights won for them by the sufragettes

After International Women's Day, the regional leader of the TUC reflects on how the election will affect women workers

Newcastle-based Girl Geeks Campus gains support from Accenture

Professional services firm backs programme aimed at promoting STEM subjects and careers to female students

Brims Construction contract wins prompt new jobs and apprenticeships

Fast-growing Brims Construction has responded to a rise in demand by recruiting eight new members of staff

Sunderland social enterprise restaurant destined to come to Newcastle

The Funky Indian is a restaurant at night and provides training for young people during the day

Oil price drop leads to job losses at North East firm

Effect of low oil prices leads to job losses at Washington firm Oil Consultants, and is also noted by manufacturers' group EEF

George Osborne: We want to create 50,000 more jobs in the North East

The Chancellor George Osborne outlines his long term economic plan for the North East in an exclusive piece

Creative North event in Gateshead draws together best of region's digital talent

Our Digital Playground aimed at helping pioneering firms get to grips with each other's work while making valuable connections in Gateshead

Group Horizon receive further £120,000 investment to fuel expansion

Gateshead training providers have secured three portions of the Finance for Business North East Growth Fund

Scheme launched by North East businesses is getting youngsters into work

NE1's Space 2 scheme is driving down the number of NEETs in the North East and getting people into employment, training or employment

North East jobs growth is worth shouting about

Regional head of the CBI Dianne Sharp says that the North East is leading the way in creating new jobs

Eldon Leisure Centre: First pictures of how £3m refurbishment work is going

Staff levels will more than double to 50 as part of the refurbishment programme at the North Country Leisure-operated centre

Dianne Sharp column: People should soon be seeing more money in their pockets

Job creation and wage growth is being matched by low inflation to make a real difference in people's lives

Job losses spark call for Government action on offshore industry

Stockton firm becomes the latest to shed jobs, but so far only the Scottish Government has acted

Frances O'Grady column: North East is not seeing wage growth it needs

General Secretary of the TUC says too many people in the region earn less than the living wage

Oil jobs under threat as MHWirth to close Stockton base

Akastor, the Norwegian parent of oil drilling specialists MHWirth, is cutting 750 jobs globally

North East pay has dropped by £30-a-week since 2010 - Northern TUC

It comes as more than 4,000 North East families still rely on housing benefit to make ends meet as their income is so low

Strengths of North East digital technology cluster highlighted in new report to woo investors and policy makers

Machine-to-machine communications and software-as-a-service (Saas) were noted among the region's top areas of expertise

North East business leaders wait to see which party will do more to address engineering skills shortage

With less than three months to go until the general election, business leaders are waiting to see which political party will do more to address the country's engineering skills shortage

Confidence is building up again in the North East construction industry

The tide appears to have turned for the construction industry, sector experts in the North East say

The next generation of UK wind turbine engineers are being trained in the North East

A group of top-flight offshore training companies are leading the charge to upskill nearly 70,000 workers over the next decade

AA poised to axe North East jobs in shake-up

The firm - which has a sizeable base in Newcastle - has been conducting a business review since last Summer

County Durham mobile tyre fitter tweets his way into Dragons' good books

Peter Kerr, who runs County Durham-based Tyres2u, was recognised in Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday competition

Gill Hale: Inequality will create lingering issues for us all

Unison regional secretary Gill Hale says we can't reform our economy if it means widening the gulf between the haves and have nots

As the health service faces growing pressures, is the NHS too dependent on foreign doctors?

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Health leaders in the North East say they welcome highly-trained foreign doctors

Pics: First look at Wallsend's exciting town centre development plans

Millions are being spent on regenerating Wallsend, and a special display will unveil more details on how it will unfold, and how it will look

Hodgson Sayers signs up to Be Fair Framework

Firm cements reputation as ethical employer, following support for the Journal's Pay Fair campaign

Danieli Holdings keen to create jobs through new healthcare firm

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The Newcastle group sold domiciliary business Careline Homecare in 2011, but now has ambitious plans after returning to the sector

Graduates of United 4 Employment find work

The United 4 Employment course has helped 11 participants improve their lives skills - and two of them into work

Beth Farhat column: End the scandal of illegally paid care workers

Regional head of the TUC says many care workers are being paid below the minimum wage

Hilton Dawson - from schoolboy protestor to the North East party leader

Will political veteran triumph against the odds again and win influence for the North East

Hitachi on track to launch recruitment drive in County Durham

A recruitment drive to ultimately fill more than 700 positions at Hitachi's factory in Newton Aycliffe gets under way within days


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