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Slough named best place to work

The Berkshire town of Slough, famous as the fictional workplace of David Brent in TV series The Office, has been named Britain’s best town in which to work. A survey by jobs website Glassdoor found Slough has the best jobs, cost of living and employee satisfaction in the UK. Manchester came second, followed by Cambridge. Daily Mail

Online sales soar

The value of online sales in the UK last year was £133bn, an increase of 16% compared with the previous year, according to industry body, IMRG. The UK e-commerce market is Europe’s most advanced, with the web accounting for more than an eighth of all retail spending. The Economist

Older workers back in business

Major companies including the Co-op Group, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Barclays have signed up to a pledge to hire 12% more older workers by 2022. The firms will also publish age data of their employees as part of the initiative to secure an extra one million roles for older UK workers over the next five years. The Government has urged other businesses to get on board. The Guardian

The Origin of the @ symbol

Do you know where the @ symbol came from? The earliest known example of @ is found in the 1345 Bulgarian translation of the 12th century Manasses Chronicle, which gives a brief synopsis of the history of the world up to the end of the 11th century. In it, @ was used as the symbol for “amin” (amen). Wikipedia

Retirement age will be 70 by 2050, says WEF

A fourfold rise in the number of over-65s by 2050 will mean people will have to stay at work until they are 70, the World Economic Forum says. It adds that deficits in the world’s largest pension systems will quadruple unless people work longer. Daily Express

Money ‘can buy happiness’, study says

Psychologists in the US, Canada and Netherlands say a joint study shows that people are happier if they use money to buy themselves time – by paying other people to do jobs and chores for them. They say stress over lack of time causes lower well-being – yet even wealthy people can be reluctant to pay others to do jobs. Daily Mail

Live long

Young Britons will need to save 18 percent of their annual salary in a pension in order to enjoy an adequate retirement, according to the International Longevity Centre-UK think tank. Metro

Sign of the times

The Yellow Pages will stop printing from January 2019 after more than five decades, its owner has announced. Yell is to fully digitise the directory business, bringing to an end the publication’s 51-year run. The iconic yellow-papered publication has run famous advertisements over the years, including the “JR Hartley” campaign in the 1980s and the “French Polisher”. Daily Telegraph

To the young, driving is a costly mistake

“A man who beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself a failure.” Margaret Thatcher probably never did say that line famously attributed to her. In the Thatcher era, cars represented success and freedom. Not any more. Today, fewer and fewer young people even bother to learn to drive. Just 31% of 17- to 20-year-olds, and 66% of 21- to 29-year-olds held licences last year. In 1994 the respective figures were 48% and 75%. New Statesman

The price of divorce

Divorcees can expect a 16% cut in retirement income compared with those that stay married, according to life insurers Prudential. The price of divorce is a lifelong burden that will impoverish husbands and wives for decades after their parting, according to the report. Daily Mail