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EU immigration limits 'not a priority for managers'

Few managers believe limiting the movement of labour across Europe is a priority for them, according to a new study.

Despite the political focus on immigration, company bosses said they would rather the Government made it easier to give work experience to youngsters.

Immigration limits 'not a priority for managers' Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A survey by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) found that many pledges from political parties were not in line with managers' priorities.

The poll of more than 1,200 managers found that only two out of five agreed with abolishing zero hours contracts, another subject which has generated a lot of political interest.

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Ed Balls 'hopes' cost of living crisis is 'at an end'

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Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said he hopes that the recent signs that pay is rising faster than inflation could signal the end of the "cost of living crisis".

When asked by the BBC if the recent announcement by the Bank of England marked "the beginning of the end for the cost of living crisis", Mr Balls said:

Well, I hope so, but I have got to say, wages rising by 1.3% hailed as ‘remarkable’ by a Conservative minister, that just shows how out of touch Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne are.

The average working person in our country is £1600 a year worse off. Month after month for years, prices have been going up faster than wages, we’ve now had one month where wages went up by 0.1% more than prices, because prices are really low at 1.2%, as the Governor of the Bank of England says.

– Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor
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