Tag Archives: ONS

More than 2,500 products have shrunk, says ONS

Chocolate bars, packets of sweets and fruit juices are amongst the 2,529 products that decreased in size between January 2012 and January 2017, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). So-called “shrinkflation” occurs when manufacturers of household goods cut the size of their brands but keep prices the same. Mostly it…
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Wetherspoon to drop zero hours contracts

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to offer staff on controversial zero-hours contracts the chance to move to more stable working hours. A trial of fixed-hour contracts launched earlier this year has proved so popular that it will now be rolled out nationwide. The move could affect 24,00 staff. “In spite of me saying there’s no…
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How is Compass steering towards gender equality?

The catering firm says half of its chefs will be female by 2020 but if there is a roadmap to that target it is staying firmly under wraps. Compass Group UK & Ireland has made a pledge to tackle the shortage in female chefs. As part of its “Women in Food” programme, the catering firm…
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Analysis: Can foodservice solve the productivity conundrum?

George Osborne is renowned for his ability to put a positive spin on the most ambiguous of statistics, but not even the Chancellor can find a favourable frame for the UK’s dismal productivity figures. Recent ONS data showed Britain as having one of the worst levels of productivity among the G7 countries, with only Japan…
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107,000 jobs created in hospitality sector

LABOUR MARKET Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics have revealed that the hospitality sector has helped to create over 107,000 new jobs in the last 12 months.                           The jobs were in the ‘accommodation and foodservice activities’ sector. This includes restaurants,…
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Interview with Sodexo’s Chief Exec Debbie White: Level headed

SOME ORGANISATIONS may feel that equal pay and the living wage are insurmountable challenges after years of recession. Sodexo boss Debbie White isn’t one of them. Jo Roberts reports.                   Fairness is not a word currently associated with British business. While the UK officially came out of…
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New report calls for changes to the UK food and farming policy

THE FOOD Ethics Council, Soil Association and Compassion in World Farming have collaborated with seven other UK organisations to produce a report which challenges the government’s current UK food and farming policy.                         The organisations involved have joined forces to highlight the overwhelming evidence…
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