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More than a third are paid less than the living wage

More than 1 in 3 people in the region earn less than a living wage Credit: PA

Kingswood in South Gloucestershire has the highest number of people earning below the living wage in the South West.

More than half of its population are paid less than the amount deemed necessary to live on - which is currently set at £7.85 an hour.

According to the Trades Union Congress, more than a third of jobs in the region pay a lower wage than this.

Wiltshire man is named Apprentice of the Year

Steven Davey has been named Apprentice of the Year Credit: Federation of Master Builders

Steven Davey from Staverton in Wiltshire has won the title of Apprentice of the Year.

He received the award - and a cheque for £1,000 - at the Federation of Master Builders Awards in London yesterday. The 25-year-old carpentry apprentice studied at Swindon College and now works for Chippenham-based Stonewood Builders.


The South West has the lowest unemployment rate of anywhere in the country

The South West has the lowest unemployment rate of anywhere in the country, new figures show.

According to The Office for National Statistics, the number of people without jobs went down by seven thousand between October and December. A total of 122 thousand people were out of work in the South West - a rate of 4.5 percent.

The South West has got the lowest unemployment rate of anywhere in the country. Unemployment's gone down on the year by 50,000 and long term unemployment, people who've gone on the work programme there, 20,000 fewer since June 2011, so again, it really is seeing transformational change in that area.

– Esther McVey, Employment Minister

See the full interview with Ester McVey below:

Could 2019 be the end for building in the South West?

Recruitment is a challenge for the majority of surveyors

A skills shortage in the construction sector could threaten building projects in the South West by 2019.

New research reveals more than 90% of surveyors said that a lack of qualified candidates meant they had problems recruiting.

Three in five firms also said they had to turn down work.

Nick Clegg announces £18m investment in the West

Nick Clegg was in Bristol this morning Credit: ITV News

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, was in Bristol this morning announcing an £18 million investment in the West.

The money will go into creating 6000 new jobs and more than 11,000 new homes:

What for? To help support centres like this, to get more jobs and entrepreneurs and businesses going, to redevelop the Crow Lane roundabout, to invest in the local robotics innovation centre in Bristol.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy PM due to visit Bristol

Nick Clegg on a previous visit to Bristol Credit: PA

The deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is in Bristol this morning to announce an £18 million investment in the West.

The money will go to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership to be spent on creating new business spaces, 6,000 new jobs and more than 11,000 new homes.


2000 jobs threatened by Tesco closures

13 stores and outlets are expected to close across the country Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Around 2,000 Tesco workers discovered their jobs were at risk after the supermarket giant disclosed the locations of 43 store closures, including a Homeplus store at Bristol Cribbs Causeway.

13 stores and outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

He announced the closure plan earlier this month as part of wider measures designed to revive the group's fortunes in the wake of a disastrous 2014.

The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.

– Dave Lewis, Tesco Chief Executive

Swindon workers lobby MEPs over unfair pay

Swindon agency workers lobby MEPs over a loophole that means they get paid less for doing the same job as their colleagues Credit: European Parliament

Workers from Swindon have been lobbying MEPs in Brussels because they claim they get £2 less an hour than colleagues doing the same job.

Agency staff at the Marks and Spencer distribution centre want a loophole in EU law closed. It allows companies not to treat workers equally if they are employed through an agency rather than directly.

Whatever's happening right now, it has to stop because we agency workers have been exploited too much.

– Rosseby Carvalho, Shop Steward

We wanted to give them examples of how people are affected by this and for them to see how people live with these regulations and how it affects their lives and how it makes their lives so incredibly difficult.

– CAROLE VALLELLY GMB Union, Wiltshire

Retired but still want to work? This could be for you

People who have retired but still want occasional work can register with the "Retired But Able" service Credit: ITV News

Retired people looking for occasional work can sign up to a new online service which advertises their skills.

"Retired But Able" is the brainchild of a Wiltshire businessman who was inspired after seeing his father in law's quality of life decline after decades at top of his profession.

I think there's a massive psychological benefit to getting out and feeling that you've done something. It may not all be about money - it may be just about self worth.

– crispin thomas, Entrepreneur
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