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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8 Health and Safety Rules Your Employer Could Be Breaking RIGHT NOW
Aug03

8 Health and Safety Rules Your Employer Could Be Breaking RIGHT NOW

With the UK’s COVID-19 alert level recently downgraded from four to three and the country slowly returning to ‘business as usual’, all eyes are now on how companies can adapt to a ‘new normal’ by implementing measures that protect employees and customers alike.  Following health and safety best practice has never been more important, and whether employers are looking to re-open their doors, or keep their workforce at home for a...

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How to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
Jul28

How to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

As lockdown measures across the U.K. have now started to ease, more and more businesses have begun to get back to work. However, with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the country being a staggering 297K, deaths being 45,554, as we slowly start to get back to the office, employees returning to work have been urged to take a number of steps to help prevent the virus from spreading as much as possible. We spoke to Trovex,...

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Coronavirus: London job market hit hardest by Coronavirus pandemic  ​
Jul24

Coronavirus: London job market hit hardest by Coronavirus pandemic ​

New analysis of online vacancy data shows that parts of London are now the most economically at risk from the coronavirus pandemic. The analysis compares the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in each local area with the number of vacancies.  It finds that the four areas with the highest number of unemployed per vacancy are London Boroughs – Lambeth, Haringey, Brent, and Barking and Dagenham – with more than...

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COVID-19 puts bereavement policies and support firmly under the microscope
Jul23

COVID-19 puts bereavement policies and support firmly under the microscope

In light of COVID-19, Business in the Community (BitC) stresses the vital need for employers to review their bereavement policies and support, highlighting many people won’t just be working remotely, they may also be grieving remotely too. Together with KPMG UK and National Grid, BitC launches a new toolkit outlining how responsible businesses can best support their employees with bereavement. It recognises that while grief among the...

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The changing role of the office post-pandemic
Jul22

The changing role of the office post-pandemic

Author: Jamie Mackenzie, Director of Marketing Sodexo Engage After months of working from home, Boris Johnson has given businesses the green light to get their employees back into the workplace. But as employers consider re-opening their doors, it’s likely that offices will look quite different to before. New purpose Pre-pandemic, the daily ritual of commuting into the city and working from an office was just part and parcel of...

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Over a third of UK workforce concerned about going back to work because they don’t trust colleagues’ hygiene
Jul21

Over a third of UK workforce concerned about going back to work because they don’t trust colleagues’ hygiene

Over a third (33%) of British workers don’t trust that their colleagues are practicing proper hygiene guidelines, according to new research. The study, conducted by print firm Solopress, reveals the main discomforts for both employers and employees as businesses plan to reopen following the lockdown lift. What employees are concerned about: Pre-pandemic office regularities are now considered uncomfortable, with 44% of employees...

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Low paid workers bearing brunt of the Covid-19 crisis
Jul14

Low paid workers bearing brunt of the Covid-19 crisis

New research by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), funded by Standard Life Foundation, has found that low paid workers are bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis. The analysis provides the first detailed assessment of official Labour Force Survey data for the post-crisis period.  It finds that: Employment has already fallen significantly for those in low paid jobs – down by four percentage points between February and...

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Lockdown fuels demand for Microsoft 365 skills
Jul09

Lockdown fuels demand for Microsoft 365 skills

Business leaders scouting out Microsoft talent to optimise homeworking technology  Microsoft’s productivity cloud service, Microsoft 365, has jumped six places in a list of the most in-demand IT jobs skills/job titles, according to an analysis of ITJobsWatch data carried out by the TeleWare Group. This reflects an increase in demand for remote working technology, with Microsoft 365 commercial revenues growing 25% in the last...

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The COVID cost: Employers walking into remote working productivity slump
Jul06

The COVID cost: Employers walking into remote working productivity slump

New research from workplace software company Names & Faces has exposed the link between remote working productivity levels and employee visibility, defined as the degree to which employees feel seen, know people across the company, and are quickly able to find and identify anyone they don’t know.  With 98% of people saying they would like to have the option to work remotely for the rest of their careers, employers are...

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Tech investment set to increase with industry confidence still high despite Covid-19 concerns
Jul02

Tech investment set to increase with industry confidence still high despite Covid-19 concerns

The UK’s tech scene is set to receive a boost of investment according to the industry’s IT professionals, despite concerns over the impact of Covid-19, CWJobs’ annual Confidence Index reveals. Surveying over 1,000 IT workers and 500 IT decision makers (DMs), 49% of IT DMs believe their companies will increase tech budgets as a result of learnings from the outbreak. This comes as the 2020 report from the UK’s tech job board found...

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More than 80% of Businesses Now Considering Remote Global Workforce Model
Jun26

More than 80% of Businesses Now Considering Remote Global Workforce Model

New research released by Globalization Partners and CFO Research, indicates that most businesses are undeterred by the impact of COVID-19 and are still moving forward with plans for new or expanded international operations. More than half of the respondents expressed interest in expanding or adding operations in the Asia-Pacific region. The findings also show that 83% of respondents said they are looking into a remote, global...

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COVID-19: The evolution of background screening
Jun26

COVID-19: The evolution of background screening

COVID-19 has ushered in changes in just about every area of business. In the last few months businesses have battled with the challenge of not only ensuring the safety of their own staff in the work environment, but also safeguarding corporate data in newly created remote working environments. In these challenging times, the role of supporting and creating great teams falls to HR in a whole new way. As corporate cultures have changed...

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Should COVID-19 have a longer-term impact on your graduate hiring strategy?
Jun26

Should COVID-19 have a longer-term impact on your graduate hiring strategy?

Spring and summer are the traditional season for graduate recruitment to move into full swing. However, this year finds recruiting teams like yours operating within an entirely different work and hiring landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With students sent home from university to study online and with remote working part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future, the decision you currently face is whether to pivot your...

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