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Barclays appoints mortgage service director

Barclays has appointed Dyan Beito as mortgage service director, reporting jointly to Deanna Oppenheimer, chief operating officer of UK banking, and Mark Parsons, managing director of Home Finance. The appointment follows Barclays decision to bring in-house the end to end delivery of its mortgage service. Ms Beito joins Barclays with immediate effect.

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Was Zurich action needed?

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White paper — recording sickness absence

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions illustrate that sickness absence is still a major cost to businesses, with an annual bill for sick pay and associated costs to employers of £9bn. This paper from Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the importance of recording sickness absence for any employee health strategy and how this can be carried out in an efficient manner to reduce absence, improve employee engagement and drive up profits.

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