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 Source: bbc.com Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce calls for responsive civil service BBC News 3-4 minutes Image source, IOM Chamber of Commerce Image caption, Kristan McDonald was appointed chamber president in September A more "efficient and responsive" civil service would help the Isle of Man's economy proposer in the wake of Covid-19, the Chamber of Commerce has said. Chamber president Kristan McDonald said the public sector needed to follow the private sector in changing its practices to reduce bureaucracy . Mr McDonald described the government's plans to overhaul departments and how they operate as a "very good vision". However, he said a "change in culture" was needed for it to succeed. More than 500 businesses are registered with the chamber, which has lobbied politicians on issues like regulation, staffing issues and financial support. Mr McDonald, who was appointe

UK News:: Job vacancies surge past one million in new record.

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Source:   bbc.com Job vacancies surge past one million in new record BBC News 6-7 minutes image source, Getty Images Job vacancies have hit a record high as the economic recovery continues, according to official figures. The number of vacancies in the three months to August rose above one million for the first time since records began in 2001. Figures also showed employee numbers were back at pre-Covid levels in August, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. August payrolls showed another monthly increase of 241,000 to 29.1 million. Business groups said, however, despite the return of staffing levels to pre-pandemic rates there remained high demand for more staff, and there was a risk labour shortages would dampen growth. The ONS deputy statistician, Jonathan Athow, said: "Early estimates from payroll data suggest that in August the total number of employees is around the same level as before the pandemic,