Covid-19 has thrown financial resilience into the spotlight: what can employers do?
Aug06

Covid-19 has thrown financial resilience into the spotlight: what can employers do?

Author, Mark Pemberthy, Head of DC & Wealth at Buck The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a seismic impact on UK society. By June, 8.9 million workers were covered by the government’s furlough scheme – that’s a quarter of all working adults. As the Government begins to wind down its furlough scheme, many employers across a range of sectors are concerned they may need to make job cuts to cope with lost revenue, including High...

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Official email services have been used to impersonate and scam 6,600 organisations in 2020
Aug06

Official email services have been used to impersonate and scam 6,600 organisations in 2020

Cyber criminals are increasingly registering accounts with legitimate services, such as Gmail and AOL, to use them in impersonation and business email compromise attacks, says email security firm Barracuda Networks, the trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions. In their most recent threat spotlight report, Barracuda researchers observed that 6,170 malicious accounts that have used Gmail, AOL and other...

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Over half of people in the UK would like to see more flexible working as a result of the pandemic
Aug06

Over half of people in the UK would like to see more flexible working as a result of the pandemic

There is no doubt that many things will change post-COVID and the world of work is likely to see the biggest impact. This is according to research conducted by Cyclescheme, part of Blackhawk Network, looking into the positives of lockdown, including how it has impacted mental health and hobbies ahead of Cycle to Work Day.  Research found that 55% of people would like to see more flexible working as a result of the pandemic. 42% would...

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Can The UK Infrastructure Handle Remote Working?
Aug05

Can The UK Infrastructure Handle Remote Working?

As Europe appears to be bracing for the potential second outbreak of the coronavirus, warnings have been issued in the UK that there’s a very real possibility some changes could be on their way again – for many we’ve already transitioned to a remote working environment, even if only temporarily, but this change could see more of us making the adjustment too and could lead to more employers considering a more permanent change if...

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New report identifies the factors which will determine SMEs’ chances of a successful COVID recovery
Aug05

New report identifies the factors which will determine SMEs’ chances of a successful COVID recovery

Business bank, Allica Bank has combined data and insight from over 1,000 UK SMEs with a multiple regression analysis to determine what factors most closely aligned with an SMEs’ chances of success and separated the highest-performing businesses from their peers. These ‘rules for success’ have been compiled from the research data to support British businesses as they look to chart a course to post-Covid recovery.   The full...

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More than 1.3million working days lost due to coronavirus in UK last month
Aug05

More than 1.3million working days lost due to coronavirus in UK last month

More than 1.3 million working days* have been claimed for in just over one month of the Coronavirus Sick Pay scheme, says UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group. The Coronavirus Sick Pay Scheme allows SMEs to claim money from the Government for any employee who has taken time off work with coronavirus symptoms, or is unable to work from home whilst self-isolating or shielding someone they live with. The scheme is...

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Two thirds of fathers are still not taking paternity leave
Aug05

Two thirds of fathers are still not taking paternity leave

Two thirds of men are still not taking paternity leave*, with only 208,000 fathers claiming paternity pay last year (year ending 31 March 2020), compared to 649,000 women who received maternity pay, says EMW, the commercial law firm. EMW says the low rate of statutory paternity pay is contributing to the lack of uptake. Claimants receive just £151.20 or 90% of their average weekly earnings, whichever is lowest. EMW says that many...

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78% of adults say Covid-19 has highlighted importance of having savings
Aug05

78% of adults say Covid-19 has highlighted importance of having savings

In a survey[1] conducted amongst 3,000 adults in the UK, 77.5% said that the recent pandemic has made them realise the importance of having savings to fall back on.  In addition, 73% of those surveyed said that whilst having a pension and saving for the future was essential, having easily accessible savings is now equally as important.  The research, conducted by Cushon, the workplace savings specialists, found that financial...

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Work Friends Makes Us More Productive According to Research
Aug04

Work Friends Makes Us More Productive According to Research

The idea of friendship applies as much to our personal lives as it does to our professional ones. According to research collated by Coworking Specialists Instant Offices, having friends in the workplace makes you more engaged and happier. In fact, it is so important, 66% of British workers say having a friend increases job satisfaction. Over half (57%) of UK employees also say that having a “best friend” at work makes their job...

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Understanding and supporting employees with bereavement
Aug04

Understanding and supporting employees with bereavement

Bupa Health Clinics creates managers’ guide for businesses, after seeing a 40% rise in queries from companies in lockdown seeking guidance on bereavement and loss COVID-19 is the biggest global crisis that we’re likely to see in our lifetime – affecting people personally, collectively and professionally. Sadly, as the pandemic has progressed, more people will be dealing with grief. Losing a loved one is always hard. However, due...

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Revealed: The ultimate time to advertise your jobs, based on the industry you’re hiring in
Aug04

Revealed: The ultimate time to advertise your jobs, based on the industry you’re hiring in

New data released by the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals the ultimate time for companies to advertise their jobs, based on the industry they’re hiring in.  The job board analysed millions of data points from its site between 1st July 2019 and 30th June 2020 to understand the most popular times and days of the week for job views and applications.  It reveals that the most common time and...

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World’s most popular expat destinations ranked on ‘liveability’ for Brits
Aug04

World’s most popular expat destinations ranked on ‘liveability’ for Brits

Research by leading international door-to-door luggage delivery service, Send My Bag, has revealed that USA is the top expat destination for Brits looking to move abroad. Send My Bag’s ‘Expat Index’ analysed the United Nation’s list of the ten most popular destinations among UK expats; Australia, USA, Canada, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, France, South Africa, Germany and Italy. The USA came top with a score of 9.42 out of a possible...

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Massive Surge in People Undertaking Online Teaching and Programming Courses
Aug04

Massive Surge in People Undertaking Online Teaching and Programming Courses

New research from reed.co.uk, the UK’s largest online jobs portal, has revealed that British workers are preparing for a new COVID-19 economy by upskilling or reskilling this summer, with online courses in online teaching, programing, and people management surging in popularity. Analysing the 40,000 courses available on reed.co.uk, the research revealed that the ‘Teaching Young Learners Online’ course experienced the fastest growth in...

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8 Tips for New HR Professionals
Aug03

8 Tips for New HR Professionals

HR is a fast-paced and engaging environment for those who enjoy working with others. Those new to the field can often feel constrained by the methods used by senior members of their team. But the great thing about HR is that it can be moulded to fit your skills and interests. Provided you get the job done, how you carve your path shouldn’t really matter. If you’re new to the HR industry and wondering how you can make your mark, read...

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New research reveals the best UK cities for flexible working
Aug03

New research reveals the best UK cities for flexible working

Near neighbour Sheffield has the lowest flexible working availability in the UK – Remote working has been the reality for most UK employees for the majority of 2020, with 49% of us now working from home. One of the unforeseen consequences of Covid-19 has been the amount of people keen to embrace flexible working beyond the current situation. The numbers of people splitting their time between home and the office is expected to...

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