Sue Dougan is joined on the line with Hannah Maundrell, editor of money.co.uk. Today on the agenda, they discussed potential Christmas electricity blackouts, a 51% alcohol tax and have you finished your Christmas shopping if you're under 40? A poll says three quarters haven't. All these stories and more on The News Review.
In the careers clinic, we discuss how it's not always easy to find a new job, but changing your career is even more challenging. For many burned-out or multi-talented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their marbles. To discuss this further, Sue joined by James Innes, founder of the CV centre and author of five best-selling careers books.
Office perks may be a thing of the past, with less than a quarter (24%) of companies planning to throw an office party this Christmas. New research reveals almost a third of Brits (31%) will work until Christmas Eve this year and just under one in five (18%) will be in the office throughout the Christmas period. Tom Hellier from Willis Towers Watson, a human resources consulting firm told Share's Melanie Wray what they had found.
We are being urged to check our energy prices and consider fixing, as experts warn that gas and electricity prices are likely to continue rising in 2017 by as much as 5%. According to energy comparison website Energyhelpline.com, over the past six months the cheapest energy prices have risen from £734 a year in June to £870 a year now. This all comes as customers of Big Six energy provider EDF are facing the first bill hike in three years as power costs rise. To find out more, Sue Dougan spoke on the line to Energyhelpline's Mark Todd.
Half of us overspend in pursuit of creating the perfect Christmas for family and friends, according to new research from TSB. In fact many Brits would sooner get into debt than consider reducing their festive spending. Nick Smith - TSB, Head of Personal Loans told Share Radio Morning’s Melanie Wray what they had found.
Christmas is just over a few weeks away. For many of us...it means spending money we may not have on gifts. But what if you want to reject the pressure to splash the cash and make presents instead? Share Radio Morning's Georgie Frost spoke to Kate Jackson, who is a textile artist who teaches and also makes commissions for books and other crafts.
A new study has found that 77% of us think a smart phone obsession is the most irritating habit a person could have. To find out more, Clinical Psychologist Dr Sue Stebbings and Paul Horlock from Nationwide Building Society spoke to Share's Melanie Wray.
Apparently, a quarter of us are unaware batteries can be recycled resulting in a staggering 10,000 tons of batteries ending up in landfill each year. Once there they can leak toxic chemicals which can contaminate the environment. Our reporter Tom Hill spoke to Chartered Chemist and Environmentalist David Reynolds to find out just how bad the problem is.
Apparently, Britain's agency workers underpaid and exploited. That's according to a think tank probe, which found agency workers are earning hundreds of pounds a year less than employees doing the same job. Half of all agency workers say they work on a permanent basis and three-quarters work full-time. The report says agency workers will rise to one million by 2020 if current growth trends continue. Joining Sue Dougan was the author of the report - Lindsay Judge, senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation.
New study suggests we will spend around 1.9 billion minutes on the internet on Christmas Day. Findings from the charity, Save The Children also shows over half of us are more likely to send texts to friends or family than Christmas Cards. But how much social media time is actually over the top? To discuss this further, Sue Dougan was joined by Helena Wiltshire, head of public relation for Save The Children.