Saatchi & Saatchi boss resigns amid sexism row

Kevin Roberts, the executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, has resigned after provoking fury by claiming that women in the advertising industry lacked ambition and were not held back by sexism. Roberts was put on leave by Publicis, the parent company of Saatchi & Saatchi, last week after denying that sexism was an issue in the advertising world. In a statement, the French global advertising group said Roberts had now resigned. “The supervisory board and the chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe took note of Kevin Roberts’ decision to step…

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Labour could ‘bust apart and disappear’, Smith warns Corbyn

The Labour party is teetering on the edge of a precipice and could “bust apart and disappear”, the leadership challenger Owen Smith has warned. The Labour MP, who resigned from the frontbench last month, said he did not want the party to split but this had now become likely if Jeremy Corbyn remained as leader. He made the prediction as new YouGov research suggested support for Labourcould fall to about 20% if either the right or left of the party splinters away. It comes the day before Corbyn and Smith…

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Five signs you are applying for your dream (or nightmare) job

It can be tough changing jobs and not knowing whether your new role will be a dream or a nightmare. “The grass is always greener” is a cliche for a reason. And of course you can’t predict exactly how the leap will work out. Job descriptions don’t often give away a company’s ethos or culture, and when applying for a position we usually focus on presenting ourselves at our best, rather than putting our potential employer under the microscope. However, it is crucial to look at the company as a…

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Living with an entrepreneur: ‘it tests a relationship’

Scott Lewis, 38, a senior civil servant, is married to Helen Lewis, 36, founder of Literally PR, which represents authors and food industry clients. They have two daughters aged five and seven I’ve just brought our girls to Wales for a week to given Helen some concentrated time on the business. She’s travelling a lot at the moment, so while she usually does both ends of the school run and works late into the evening to make up time, I’ll often take annual leave or work from home so she…

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Are you defined by your job title?

On the first Monday in March, I woke up slightly surprised to find I still existed. Four weeks earlier I had resigned from my job, bringing to an end five years of working at a national newspaper (this one). Over the years I had, in ways I hadn’t noticed, become used to being a part of it. We start each day with a number of identities in place, but I hadn’t realised the degree to which, across a spectrum in which I am friend, daughter and godparent, my job title…

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The ebb and flow of running a canal boat business

The Floating Salon Narrowboat, located nationwide, is run by Nicola Dawkins The Floating Salon was a crazy idea I thought up to combine my love of the water and my love of hair styling. It’s a haven away from the high street. Wherever I move the boat, it’s an advert in itself. I styled Prunella Scales’ hair for the Canal Journeys TV programme and that resulted in many calls over the months that followed. I have to be organised and plan ahead: the boat runs completely off-grid with solar panels…

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The ultimate guide to nailing any job interview – live chat

Competition for jobs is fierce, but if you’ve been asked to interview, you’ve already beaten the odds. On average jobs attract around 250 applicants and onlyfour to six of these are offered an interview. So if you’ve been invited to the office, you’re not far from success. But how can you make sure you get the job? The secret is preparation, says Andrew Fennell, founder of Standout CV. “Review the job specification and identify any requirements where your skills don’t match up. Once you understand your shortcomings, you can plan…

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Why resigning is the preserve of the lucky few

Quitting has been all the rage ever since the Britain voted to leave the EU. In the space of a fortnight, there have been farewells from prime minister David Cameron, Ukip leader Nigel Farage and thwarted Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson. The resignation craze has by no means been confined to politics. England manager Roy Hodgson walked after his team’s humiliating defeat by Minnows Iceland and Chris Evans announced he was stepping down from presenting Top Gear after just one series. Knowing when to go brings a welcome dose of…

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Lowest-paid workers to receive smaller pay rises, says thinktank

Millions of workers on the national living wage are set for smaller than expected pay rises by the end of the decade after the EU referendum, according to a thinktank. The “national living wage” introduced by the chancellor, George Osborne, is set to rise more slowly because it is linked to average worker earnings, which are now expected to come under pressure following the referendum. The real-terms value of the wage by 2020 could be up to 40p an hour lower than the £8.31 predicted before the EU vote, according…

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I dedicated 16 years to a regeneration project and yet didn’t get director’s post

Twice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremyadvice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts? I am in my mid-50s and for 16 years have poured everything into a regeneration project within a local authority. I initiated the renewal of a previously neglected cultural asset, setting the strategy, raising six-figure sums in funding, while…

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