City news: Youngsters put off jobs, hopes of Brexit boost, Co-op


Scrutinize among 16 to 24-year-olds showed that many were left-wing unsure about the suitability of a job if they could not understand what was in an advert. 

Two out of three of those grilled said they did not understand the role they would be applying for because of disconcerting job descriptions. 

Some of the most confusing terms in adverts included SLAs (assignment level agreement), KPIs (key performance indicator) and procurement. 

Many organisations “talked up” characters, making them needlessly complicated or creating unrealistic expectations, powered the report by Business in the Community and City & Guilds. 

Grace Mehanna, of Partnership in the Community, said: “Understanding jargon is not a measure of a young person’s developing or an indication that they are a better candidate. 

We’re concerned that the acceptance of business-speak in job adverts aimed at first jobbers is a major barrier that could inadvertently cover out young people without access to working role models and networks.”

A sum up of 80 young people rated the job descriptions of 65 companies for the examine.


Hopes of Brexit boost for Northern Ireland

Tax on tourism and flights in Northern Ireland could be lashed once the UK leaves the EU, an influential committee of MPs has said. 

The hospitality industry grease someones palms VAT at a rate more than twice that of competitors in the Republic of Ireland. EU law mitigates member states from setting different levels of the charge for assorted regions. 

That power will be repatriated to the UK after Brexit. Northern Ireland Incidents Committee chairman Laurence Robertson said: “Levels of VAT and Air Passenger Task are making businesses less competitive than their equivalents in the Republic of Ireland. 

“We are job on the UK Government to examine options for reducing these tax burdens on tourism and creating the principled environment for the sector to flourish.” 

Tourism-related businesses in Northern Ireland pay 20 per cent VAT, compared with 9 per cent by their counterparts in the Republic. Northern Ireland is the just part of the UK sharing a land border with another state. 

At year, 2.5 million visitors fuelled an industry worth £0.8 billion and straight away employing 43,000 people. 

New attractions such as the Titanic Belfast caller centre and Game Of Thrones tours helped establish tourism as a pier of the economy.


Co-op extends free child funeral service

The Co-op is going its free child funeral service to cover 16- and 17-year-olds in a move judged to benefit thousands of families. 

The company has not charged for its funeral director amenities for under 16-year-olds, but said this will now be offered to families of older babies. 

Richard Lancaster, chief executive of Co-op Funeralcare, said: “Negotiation with the death of a child is a devastating experience for any parent, and having to appreciate this as well as sorting out the funeral and associated costs makes this involvement even more traumatic. 

“We’re focused on assisting the bereaved more broadly, and this tenders to providing families with practical as well as emotional support practising the unthinkable experience of losing a child. 

“We hope that others ordain now improve and extend their own policies on child funeral costs, explanation that funding support across the UK goes much further to serve bereaved parents.”

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