Weekly News Round-Up (4th August 2015)

It’s been a busy week of news for the sectors that we operate within. Here’s our highlights:


Self-employment numbers in various UK hot spots have rocketed since the financial crash in 2007, many sources claim. Google NewsRead more here.

New stats released illustrate that Scotland is the second largest employer of women in Europe. HolyroodRead more here.


Despite the recent boom in Indian Aviation, experts are warning that health and safety standards are slipping. The National AERead more here.

Numerous aviation experts have come together in Paris to help organise the investigation on Reunion Island in the Western Indian Ocean, after the confirmed discovery of MH370 wreckage. News TalkzRead more here.


Growth in the UK construction industry dipped in July 2015, according to the PMI, due to the overall ‘loss of momentum’ in housebuilding. Reuters UKRead more here.

The construction industry was announced as the most hygienic profession in the UK, narrowly pipping the catering & hospitality industry to the title. Scottish Construction NowRead more here.


Higher tuition fees are forcing an increasing amount of young people into more vocational degrees. The GuardianRead more here.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has suggested that teachers should not be expected to answer emails or mark school work at weekends or after 5pm on weekdays to help make the profession more attractive to young people. The TelegraphRead more here.


The Scottish renewable energy industry has doubled in size since 2007 - and now employs 21,000 people, according to a report released by the Scottish Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Green Tech MediaRead more here.

The UK's annual energy consumption is now less than what it was in 1965 - according to a report released by BP - making it the only country in the world where consumption has declined. City AMRead more here.


The Royal College of Nursing has announced Janet Davies as its new chief executive. Nursing TimesRead more here.

The NMC is looking at recent education reform recommendations to help revolutionise the continuing education of British nurses. Nursing TimesRead more here.


London-based drug company Shire have made a £19.2 billion offer to buy Baxalta, a rare disease specialist, in what result in the formation of the world’s biggest rare disease treatment company. The GuardianRead more here.

A leading cyber-security expert has warned the US government over the usage of wirelessly controlled medical devices which could be exposed to internet hacking. WWMTRead more here.

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