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Small companies are most likely to suffer from the VAT increase in January, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Cuts in public spending announced in last month’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) will combine with the rise in the standard rate of VAT to 20 per cent due in January 2011 to result in the loss of almost 1.6 million jobs across the UK economy by 2015-16, with the private sector hit harder than the public sector, according to estimates released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

According Dr John Philpott, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the better-than-expected labour market statistics published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reflect increased use of part-timers and the decision taken by growing numbers of young people to stay on in education. They are thus not necessarily good economic news.

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