Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme
Apr06

Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme

  Executive Director of social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport & Business has backed MP’s criticisms of the Government’s “blunt tool” apprenticeship initiatives. Caroline Adair said it was important that young people were not just started in schemes, but offered support and training throughout the process until they complete. Speaking after the publication of the critical report by the Education, Skills and Economy...

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Young Women’s Trust calls for more action to tackle the gender pay gap, as new reporting measures are implemented
Apr06

Young Women’s Trust calls for more action to tackle the gender pay gap, as new reporting measures are implemented

Young Women’s Trust, a charity for women aged 16-30 on low or no pay, is calling for more action to reduce the gender pay gap, as new reporting requirements come into effect in April. The charity fears that pay transparency, intended to encourage employers to reduce the gender pay gap, will be ineffective without enforcement and proper plans to tackle reported inequalities. From Thursday 6 April, firms with more than 250 employees...

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Why resignations don’t have to mean the end
Apr06

Why resignations don’t have to mean the end

91% of employees would reconsider staying at a company for the right offer But just 25% have been made an offer to stay Most effective offers: pay rises, promotions and incentives Employers are missing a key opportunity to retain valuable departing talent, according to new research.  A survey of 1,002 UK employees, the results of which have been published in The Loyalty Premium Report 2017 by incentives and rewards provider,...

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How to spot a stressed employee, and what to do next
Apr06

How to spot a stressed employee, and what to do next

In 2015/16, there were more than 480,000 reported cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the UK. According to HSE, this equated to 11.7 million working days being lost as a result. According to a report by employee benefits specialists Unum and Mental Health Foundation, Added Value: Mental health as a workplace asset, 73% of respondents had been through times at work where they felt stressed, overwhelmed or had trouble...

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O’Grady claims younger workers ‘get a raw deal’ as under 20’s see real term wages drop
Apr06

O’Grady claims younger workers ‘get a raw deal’ as under 20’s see real term wages drop

The national minimum wage for workers aged 16-20 is worth less in real terms than it was in 2008, TUC analysis has revealed. 16-17 year olds working a 40 hour week on the minimum wage are £300 worse off a year in real terms since 2008. 18-20 year olds are £250 worse off a year. In the same period, rates for employees over 20 have exceeded inflation, resulting in real gains in their incomes. Today the minimum wage for over 25s will...

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Glassdoor survey shows 2/3 UK working women will shun employers over lack of equal pay
Apr06

Glassdoor survey shows 2/3 UK working women will shun employers over lack of equal pay

A new survey from leading job site Glassdoor shows that companies that fail to pay men and women the same will struggle to recruit female talent in the UK, but that a focus on diversity, gender balance in senior leadership and women’s networks could attract both female and male job candidates.   “The gender pay gap is set to be a major issue in the UK this year, not least because employers are grappling with the challenge of how to...

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cut-e launches world’s first instant messaging simulation game for more engaging recruitment
Apr06

cut-e launches world’s first instant messaging simulation game for more engaging recruitment

A new instant messaging simulation game – which provides a situational judgement assessment of a candidate’s strengths, personality and abilities, in the style of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger – has been launched by cut-e, the international talent and assessment specialist. Called chatAssess, the new, customisable 6-15 minute assessment is primarily designed to support early screening and attraction in graduate and...

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As older workers are ‘most untapped resource in Britain’, Skills Commission Report calls for reform
Apr06

As older workers are ‘most untapped resource in Britain’, Skills Commission Report calls for reform

A cross-party Commission of parliamentarians from both Houses has called for a series of reforms to meet the skills, labour and employment challenges of longer working lives. The recommendations set out within the new Skills Commission report on older workers – Spotlight On…Lifelong Learning for an Ageing Workforce – have become especially relevant in light of the findings of two recent reports stating that the State Pension Age will...

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Jump in applications for Exceptional Talent visas as Brexit stokes fear of rule changes
Apr06

Jump in applications for Exceptional Talent visas as Brexit stokes fear of rule changes

Jump comes following years of under-use Biggest rise in Digital Technology applicants, reflects buoyancy of sector The number of applications for Exceptional Talent visas increased by 200% last year, to 487* up from 162 in 2015, as people act ahead of potential visa restrictions post-Brexit referendum, says law firm Collyer Bristow (see full data below). However, the firm say no indication has been made as to how the immigration...

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New financial product available from today – but 40% of UK don’t know what a LISA is!
Apr06

New financial product available from today – but 40% of UK don’t know what a LISA is!

As the Lifetime ISA (LISA) comes in to affect, Barnett Waddingham’s latest financial study reveals financial priority concerns and knowledge shortfalls amongst the UK. 65% of Brits admit to losing sleep over their finances 36% reveal their main financial priority is to save for a house The Lifetime ISA (LISA) comes into effect in April 2017 and only 40% of people are aware of what this offers 45% said they might contribute more to...

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Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?
Apr05

Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?

  Guest post by berg, a law firm that works closely with companies to navigate the potentially tricky post-gender pay gap reporting period. As part of an ongoing effort to tackle to UK’s gender pay gap, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will come into force in April this year. Businesses with 250 employees or more will have to report on the wage gap, which currently stands at a national average...

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Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’
Apr05

Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’

Mercer survey finds one third of organisations globally do not have a designated D&I program for LGBT employees 75% of Western European companies say legal restrictions prevent them from offering equal benefits to LGBT employees Companies based in the UK attribute the lack of equal benefits on the absence of capable vendors The expansion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and awareness has had profound...

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Aon warns 6 April changes are likely to impact all employers in at least one way
Apr05

Aon warns 6 April changes are likely to impact all employers in at least one way

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that the measures introduced in this year’s Budget could create significant and costly changes for employers, unless they take urgent action. The measures come into effect on 6 April, resulting from the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017 which was published on the 20 March. It is likely all employers will be affected by at least one of the changes...

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Communication is the key to allaying employee concerns about automation
Apr05

Communication is the key to allaying employee concerns about automation

Organisations need to strike a balance between capitalising on the benefits of automation and managing employee concerns, according to Capita Resourcing. Research from Capita Resourcing has found that whilst over half (54%) of UK organisations are already automating business processes once performed by people, employees are concerned about the social impact this will have on the workplace. The ‘Workplace More Human’ report reveals...

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So you want to be a charity trustee?  Top tips for ensuring success
Apr05

So you want to be a charity trustee? Top tips for ensuring success

Guest blog by Ian Joseph, Chief Executive, Trustees Unlimited Embarking on a PhD is a real commitment; you have to count the cost in terms of how much time you can commit and you need to be passionate about the subject; a passion that will sustain you when the going gets tough. Sounds very much like the things to consider when becoming a trustee! And all this for no pay. People become trustees not for a financial reward, but so that...

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