44% of employers value experience more than a degree
May10

44% of employers value experience more than a degree

The debate on the relevancy of exams continues, as universities across the globe and politicians alike engage in talks about scrapping exams. With the current Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, recently stating: “We need to prepare children for life, not just for exams” at the National Education Union’s Conference in Liverpool, Fresh Student Living has explored whether exams have a place in today’s education system. Are Exams Still...

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66 percent of UK primary school children suffer with anxiety
May10

66 percent of UK primary school children suffer with anxiety

As many as 66 percent of Primary school children are in a state of anxiety about thier school life, according to new research. A nationwide survey of primary school parents and teachers has revealed childhood anxiety is a problem in the UK. In fact, as many as 66 percent of mums and dads claim their child regularly feels anxious about lessons, homework – and social aspects such as bullying and friendships.  Almost...

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Woman and the skills to be heard
May10

Woman and the skills to be heard

RADA Business, the commercial arm of world-renowned drama school RADA, is helping women to communicate with greater confidence in the workplace. Its doors are open to professional women looking to discover and practise the skills needed to perform and communicate with authority, authenticity and impact.  RADA Business recently conducted research into the views and experiences of business people across the UK and discovered...

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Can social media remarks be classed as gross misconduct?
May09

Can social media remarks be classed as gross misconduct?

Guest blog by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Danny Baker has been fired after tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex’s son, Archie. Baker apologised after using a picture of an ape in a tweet about the birth and was sacked this morning with the BBC saying the broadcaster’s joke was ‘a serious error of judgement’. The firing of Baker is a reminder to all business owners of the...

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HMRC’s retrospective loan charge is damaging contractors’ mental health
May09

HMRC’s retrospective loan charge is damaging contractors’ mental health

More than two thirds (69%) of UK contractors say that HMRC’s retrospective loan charge is having a detrimental effect on their mental health, according to a new report. The loan charge relates to disguised remuneration schemes whereby workers were paid via loans rather than salary, and as a result did not pay income tax on their earnings. Recent HMRC legislation means that those who were paid in this way are being asked to either...

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Government investment in EdTech must focus on underlying technology to enhance the learning experience
May09

Government investment in EdTech must focus on underlying technology to enhance the learning experience

The Government’s announcement on Wednesday that it would invest up to £10 million in technology for the education sector reflects a growing recognition of the transformative role that technology can play in providing a rich and engaging learning experience for students. However, Joe Doyle, Group Marketing Director at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK, suggests that the government should focus its investment on the underlying technologies...

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Auto-enrolment rises: Almost half of Brits admit they don’t understand how the scheme works
May09

Auto-enrolment rises: Almost half of Brits admit they don’t understand how the scheme works

From 6th April 2019, auto-enrolment pension contributions are set to rise, but how many Brits really understand what they are paying into and when they’ll be able to access it? New research from pensions advice specialist, Portafina, reveals how clued up the nation is when it comes to their pension pots. A worrying 47% of working Brits said they don’t understand how auto-enrolment works, with 1 in 7 (14%) admitting they...

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Are we using the right tools to combat recruitment bias?
May09

Are we using the right tools to combat recruitment bias?

Guest blog by James Meachin, Managing Psychologist, Pearn Kandola If a CV is on the borderline of what a recruiter is looking for, it’s twice as likely to be shown leniency and accepted if it belongs to a man with a white-sounding name, compared to one belonging to a man with an ethnic-sounding name; even if their qualifications and experience are exactly the same[1]. This may sound like a fact from the last century, but we are...

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Service professionals would earn 103% more on average if they went self-employed
May09

Service professionals would earn 103% more on average if they went self-employed

Europe’s leading online local services marketplace has conducted internal research and discovered that service professionals could earn 103% more on average if they went self-employed. The research involved a survey of more than 20,000 self-employed professionals in the UK, across 11 trade sectors, including: plumbers, counselling and personal trainers, and compared how much they earn in relation to their employed counterparts....

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How to create an eco-friendly office
May09

How to create an eco-friendly office

With climate change high on the news agenda, and reports showing that there has been a 53% reduction in single use plastic in the last year*, we are more mindful of our energy consumption and contribution to the carbon footprint than ever before. But what steps are UK businesses taking to become more eco-friendly? Whether you are already making steps to become a zero waste office, or are a startup that wants to play its part in...

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How refresher training can cut workroom accidents and increase output
May09

How refresher training can cut workroom accidents and increase output

Woodworking machine manufacturing company Daltons Wadkin has come a long way in its 117-year history. MD Alex Dalton explains how refresher training can prevent accidents, increase productivity, and sustain growth when building a business that can stand the test of time. Typically, putting in a request for some refresher training for your staff can be seen as a possible insult. It could perhaps be perceived as suggesting to your staff...

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Careers & Wages In The Online Gambling Industry
May09

Careers & Wages In The Online Gambling Industry

The online gambling industry is by far and away one of the fastest growing in the world.It seems to have been booming for a while, but online and mobile gaming has never been as popular, and therefore people are looking to jump aboard this gravy train by finding careers within the industry. There are more career opportunities than meets the eye with online gambling, so we’ve listed a few of them below. Coder Coders are arguably the...

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Royal Baby: Should Harry be doing more to juggle his ‘parental leave’ with Meghan?
May08

Royal Baby: Should Harry be doing more to juggle his ‘parental leave’ with Meghan?

Guest blog by Stephen Warnham, Jobs Expert at Totaljobs While the parents of the new royal baby might be exempt from a traditional 9-5 working lifestyle, having their first-born child will still have an impact on Prince Harry’s ability to fulfil his royal duties. However, a member of the royal family is in a better position than other working parents to spend time with their baby. It’s interesting that Harry has opted to take...

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Culture Is a Silent, But Deadly, Killer of Employee Loyalty & Workplace Relationships
May08

Culture Is a Silent, But Deadly, Killer of Employee Loyalty & Workplace Relationships

The average employee turnover rate in the UK is 10 percent per year, according to employment website Monster.com. In the battle for employee loyalty, engagement is often perceived by HR and internal communications professionals to be a key differentiator. But as “The Culture Factor: Improving Employee Loyalty and Relationships” research study released by Speakap indicates, culture trumps engagement and has far more pernicious...

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Revealed: 80% of UK Office Workers Feel Office Seating Affects Their Mental Wellbeing
May08

Revealed: 80% of UK Office Workers Feel Office Seating Affects Their Mental Wellbeing

The UK workforce has gone through profound changes over the last year or so, with employees now placing greater emphasis on work life balance and flexibility offered by their employer than financial rewards. Catering to this demand hot desking has quickly become the answer for many businesses keen to attract the upcoming wave of talent. Recent research* from Brickendon Digital,  the technology and product development arm of...

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