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Middle East and North Africa merger market remains strong despite oil price volatility, says report

The number of corporate merger and acquisition (M&A) deals taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) increased by 6% last year, and the trend seems likely to continue despite oil price volatility affecting economic activity in the regions,... 27 Feb 2015

Use of 'zero-hours' contracts by UK employers increasing, but difficulty in defining them remains, says expert

The number of 'zero-hours' contracts issued by UK employers reached 1.8 million last summer, while 2.3% of the total UK workforce said they were employed on this type of contract in their main job as of the end of last year, according to official figures.... 25 Feb 2015

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