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The companies offering the highest salaries in the UK

tech vs finance Young people at the start of their careers focused on making a six-figure salary may find themselves torn between finance and the technology sectors. These were almost neck-and-neck in Glassdoor’s data: while seven of the top 20 firms for average base salaries were in financial services, nine were tech firms. The tech …

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‘My cleaner stole my grandma’s jewelery and stuffed designer make-up down her socks’

Has a company treated you unfairly? Our Consumer Champion is available to help. For how to contact her click here. Dear Katie, One day in April I returned home from work just before lunchtime as I had a flight to catch that afternoon. My new cleaner, whom I had hired from online tradesman finder Taskrabbit, …

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‘I’m buying Hermès bags to beat the stock market’

But Ms Toni warned that the market is complex for the uninitiated, and those investing in the wrong brand could fall into a trap. “Birkin and Chanel bags are the main way to invest. In my experience, Italian brands like Gucci and Prada depreciate in value.” Rachel Fox, of pawnbroker Suttons and Robertsons, said it …

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We reveal real bargains in discount stores – and those to avoid

As the cost of groceries soars, households are looking to cut costs anywhere they can. Annual shopping bills are predicted to rise by £380 this year – an increase that millions of households will struggle to absorb. The discounters – the likes of Poundland, Poundstretcher, B&M, Home Bargains, Iceland, OneBelow, Savers, Aldi and Lidl – …

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Freeze on tax-free mileage means drivers will soon have to pay to work

Mileage Allowance Payments cover vehicle expenses such as fuel, vehicle maintenance, depreciation, insurance and road tax. But the cost of fueling a car alone now nearly covers the entire mileage rate. An Audi S8 fuel cost is 40p a mile before other costs are considered., while a Land Rover Discovery costs 33p a mile and …

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Huge tax bills for first-time buyers as house prices soar

More than a quarter of first-time buyers now pay stamp duty after house prices soared while tax thresholds stayed frozen. The surge in property prices has dragged thousands of buyers into higher tax brackets, and nearly tripled the number of first-time buyers paying stamp duty, new analysis shows. House prices in England have soared by …

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‘Gap in house prices and salaries will cause another financial crisis’

Homeowners typically have a gross annual income that is 29pc higher than that of private renters. Those on higher incomes also hold the bulk of the £180bn in additional savings British households accumulated over the pandemic. The new dominance of fixed-rate mortgages will insulate the market from much of the immediate pain of interest rate …

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‘My elderly mother spent £105 trying to replace her Santander check book’

Has a company treated you unfairly? Our Consumer Champion is available to help. For how to contact her click here. Dear Katie, My 86-year-old mother recently ran out of checks. She duly phoned her bank, Santander, on the number on the front of her checkbook to request a new one. She was automatically transferred to …

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Why the electric car revolution is boosting your house price

Electric vehicle infrastructure is relatively well-developed in central London, but in the suburbs the shortfall is acute. While in Westminster there are 2.5 electric vehicles for every public charging point, in Dacorum in Hertfordshire, the ratio is 57. Similarly in Elmbridge, Waverley and Mole Valley in Surrey, the respective ratios are 51, 46 and 45. …

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